- December 31, 1933 - November 10, 2016
- Richland, Michigan
of Harry 's Passing
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“Dan & Sandra,Our condolences for your loss.Fenimore & Marcia
1 of 11 | Posted by: Fenimore Johnson - MI - Friend
“Jim,Steve and Dan so sad to hear of the passing of your Dad . the Skipper, I was blessed to have worked and learned from him. What a great man,friend...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: richard card - MI - Friend
“To A Dear N Wonderful Friend My Judy!!!!! N Family, My Heart Goes Out To You All , May The HollySpirit Comfort You All In Time Of Need Love Toni...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Ruby Fuller - KALAMAZOO, MI
“To the Bowker Family (my second family as a teenager!) Words cannot express the memories and love that I have and treasure in my heart when it comes...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Julie (Ten Busschen) Schell - MI
“PatI am so sorry for your loss and heartache. My mom told us stories of playing with your dad when she was young. Prayers for comfort, God bless you....Read More »
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6 of 11 | Posted by: Jack & Dorothy Welborn
“Pat and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know it is so tough to say goodbye to your father, but remember that now he is pain free,...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Julie Burton - Traverse City, MI
“I am thankful that Sophie and I were able to meet your family on Thursday. Skip was able to touch a Brittany one last time. So sorry for your loss.
8 of 11 | Posted by: Judy & Sophie Packard - Kalamazoo, MI
“Steve & family, So sorry to hear about Skip. We knew him & Jan from years ago. Fred remembers skeet shooting with Skip. He was always a great guy....Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Fred & Mary Ann Root - PINEHURST, NC
“Glenn & I were so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was a salt of the earth kind of guy. You have our heartfelt sympathy. Nancy Nevelle
10 of 11 | Posted by: Nancy Nevelle - Portage, MI
“Skip was a good guy and great to work with. He was from the old school of contracting - a handshake would seal the deal. Very best to Jim, Dan and...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Dick Stap - MONTEREY, CA
Harry R. "Skip" Bowker, 82, of Richland, died November 10, 2016. Skip was born December 31, 1933 in Charleston Township to Loyal and Cora (Machin) Bowker. He graduated from Richland High School.
Skip went to work immediately in the electrical business. He became a master electrician and contractor, eventually owner and operator of Bowker & Sons Electric.
Skip had many hobbies. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. He was very competitive in everything he did, including bowling, snowmobile racing and skeet shooting. He was the 1963 Michigan State Skeet shooting champion.
Skip is survived by his five children, Judith (Nello) Hoffman, Patricia (Mike) Coy, James (Marsha) Bowker, Steven (Colleen) Bowker and Daniel (Sandra) Bowker; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a brother, Thurmon (Nancy) Bowker.
Skip married Janet Newby in 1954. She sadly preceeded him in death on February 27, 2005. Skip was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alfred Bowker and a granddaughter, Amy Hoffman.
Funeral services to celebrate Skip's life will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, officiated by Pastor Todd Travis. Interment will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, November 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Skip are asked to consider the Rose Arbor Hospice or Lending Hands of Michigan. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.