Paul Bowers, 90, of Sioux City and formerly of Oelwein, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Sioux City. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. There will be a Masonic Service at 7 PM. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established.
Paul Edward Bowers was born on September 12, 1928 in College Springs, IA to parents George and Phyllis (Livengood) Bowers. He graduated from Amity High School in College Springs with the class of 1946. From working at the jewelry store to the railroad, he started his career working for Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. in Clarinda, IA in 1949. He joined the Army National Guard and served his country honorably. On July 28, 1947 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Reed in Omaha, NE. In 1956, Paul and family moved to Oelwein where he owned and managed Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. until his retirement in 1990. Following his retirement, Paul worked as a Funeral Home Assistant with the Geilenfeld Funeral Home and as driver for the Oelwein Ambulance for many years. Paul enjoyed fishing, camping, travelling, gardening, and was a skilled woodworker. He loved Oelwein and served faithfully as a member and president of Rotary Club, Oelwein Industrial Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce and as their ambassador, Oelwein Downtown Betterment Corporation as well as other community groups. Paul was named Man of the Year, Business Person of the Month, and Personality of the Week. His church was important to him and was a faithful member while serving in various church positions. Paul was a longtime member (1957) of the Hebron Masonic Lodge #374 and Eastern Star of Oelwein. With his charm and charisma, Paul had a heart of gold when it came to children. He could get babies to smile and kids to giggle and no one could turn down the Treasure Chest filled with goodies at the shoe store. Paul volunteered at Harlan School reading to children after he retired. He was very creative and the shoe store was decorated for holidays to The Teen Scene to the children’s circus platform. Paul won first place in the nation for his window display for a national brand boot company. His creativity showed at home as well as he won many contests for his outside Christmas decorations and the waving Santa. Paul loved people, but most important in Paul’s life was his family. From his children to grandchildren to his great grandchildren, he left priceless memories for all. He was a legend with many stories and smiles.
Left to celebrate Paul’s life is his wife, Carolyn; his children: Steven (Shari) Bowers of Waterloo, Susan (Ron) Didier of Le Mars and David (Kathy) Bowers of Mingo; his grandchildren: Dr. Thomas (Michelle) Didier, Kathy (Patrick) Vigneron, Ryan Bowers, Elizabeth (Nick) Burgus, Shawn (Jaclyn Resh) Bowers, Spencer (Madi Peters) Bowers, Krista (Jeremiah) Keltner and Dr. Amy (Dr. Dalton) Ebel; his 15 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Mary (John) Hixson and Delores Bragg; his sister-in-law Rose Blok and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Kenny Bowers; his brothers-in-law: Dick Blok and Harold Bragg; and his sister-in-law Darlene Bowers.
Thank you to Hospice of Siouxland, to the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, and to Chuck at Geilenfeld Funeral Home for their love, support,and care of Paul.