JOHN S. BOWYER
Oct. 12, 1936 - Oct. 11, 2013
On October 11, 2013, we lost a good and kind man. John S. Bowyer of El Centro passed away at his home at the age of 76. John was born October 12, 1936, in Christiansburg, VA. He was the only child of Verbena and John H. Bowyer. He grew up hunting and riding motorcycles. John enlisted in the United Stated Air Force on January 30, 1955. Later that same year, October 18, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Mollie Bourne of Virginia. They had two children together; Debra and John. He spent the next 20 years in the Air Force serving his country. During his career he was stationed many places and served several tours overseas; including Vietnam as a part of the 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He was a parachutists with the 6511 Test Group and received several medals; including the National Defense Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation. John was transferred to the Naval Air Facility, El Centro in 1966 and he moved his family to El Centro with him. This is where he finished his career. He retired from the Air Force in 1975 at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After retiring from the Air Force, John started a security guard business (DeAnza Security Service). He also opened up Bowyer & Avrit Gun Shop in El Centro in 1984 with his daughter, Debra. He later sold the security business and continued with the Gun Shop.
John loved motorcycles and riding, he was a long time member of ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education), and AMA (American Motorcyclists Association). He spent much of his spare time cleaning his motorcycle and going on motorcycle runs to support various charities in the Imperial Valley.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Mollie. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Rodney Avrit of El Centro; his son, John M. Bowyer of El Centro; grandchildren, Mandy and Michael Mistriel of Imperial, Chad and Jayme Avrit of Huntersville, NC, Lisa and Jose Mercado of Imperial, and Jason Bowyer of El Centro; great-grandchil- dren, Logan Mistriel, Ashlynn, Hunter, and Dakota Clayton, and Alyse, Brianna, Alizey, Jason Jr., and Isabella Bowyer.
We will be celebrating his life on October 22, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery with a graveside service. There will be reception to follow at the Moose Lodge in Imperial, CA.