MOUNT VERNON — Harold L. Bower, 72, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully at 6:04 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at his home in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
He was born July 28, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Harold and Gwendolyn (Dunmire) Bower. Harold graduated from Linden McKinley High School in 1959, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from West Virginia University in 1964.
A man of infallible faith and good will, Harold was known by many in the Ohio area. Among his many accomplishments, he was a State Forester for 35 years. He spent many hours volunteering as a Boy Scout Leader, coaching baseball and teaching Sunday school at Grove Church of Christ and Danville Church of Christ.
Harold was an advocate of nourishing the American Chestnut tree back to its existence. He has been published several times in The Ohio Woodland Journal for his knowledge of forestry, tree management and the American Chestnut Tree in the Ohio area. He had received many awards for his knowledge and devotion of the environment. The League of Ohio Sportsmen and The National Wildlife Federation presented Harold with the Forest Conservationist Award for outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of our nation’s natural resources. Harold embraced his American Indian heritage and attended several Powwows around Ohio and came to love the American Indian music. He enjoyed beekeeping, fishing, woodcarving, duck hunting, and being in the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sylvia (Staats) Bower; daughters, Tammy Adams and Eve (Koullis) Peratopoulos; sons, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Bower, Matthew Bower and Andrew (Susan) Bower; half brothers, James Bower and Gerald Bower; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a half brother, John Powers.
Friends may call Monday at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Union Grove Church of Christ, with Mr. Dan Noe officiating. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Harold’s name may be made to the American Chestnut Foundation, Ohio Chapter, at the Department of Environment and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701.
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