TERRY L. BOWERS, 68 MILLEDGEVILLE - Terry L. Bowers, 68, of Milledgeville, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stricken by a sudden heart attack, he died on his fishing boat, doing what he loved. Born July 3, 1944, in Freeport, he was a son of Kenneth and Ruth Bowers. On August 17, 1974, he married Janis Brockhoff in Park Ridge. Mr. Bowers was the superintendent of the Milledgeville School District beginning in 1986, continuing in the same position when the Chadwick School District joined to form the Chadwick-Milledgeville Community Unit School District #399, which he served until his retirement in 2006. He was very proud to be a part of the merger of the Chadwick and Milledgeville communities and even more proud of the students and teachers who earned the new district's first National academic distinction as a "United States Department of Education 2004 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School". Prior to his career at Milledgeville, he served as principal at Sparland High School and Pecatonica High School. He received his Bachelor of Education degree followed by the Master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He was a U.S. Army veteran, an avid fisherman, and enjoyed reading. Surviving are his wife, Janis of Milledgeville; his mother, Ruth of Clermont, FL; 2 sisters, Patty (Ron) Hutter of El Paso, TX and Connie (Chris) Campbell of Clermont, FL; 2 brothers, Larry (Thelma) Bowers of Weyerhaeuser, WI and Danny (Judy) Bowers of Sandwich; brother-in-law, Ron Averill of Sugar Grove; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Jackie Averill. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at McDonald Funeral Home, 520 Holcomb Avenue in Milledgeville, with flag folding rites at 4 p.m. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to begin a scholarship in 2014 in his memory, in care of Milledgeville State Bank, Terry L. Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund. To send condolences, please visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Journal-Standard on Apr. 19, 2013