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Richard F. Bower

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Richard F. Bower 1927 - 2008 MONTPELIER Richard F. Bower, 81, of Cityside Drive, died Tuesday Dec. 9, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Lindenwold, N.J., on Sept. 4, 1927, son of Kathryn and Frederick Bower. He attended schools in New Jersey and after graduating high school he enlisted in the Marine Corp. After his discharge, he worked in the family business. In 1959 he married Elaine Githens and they made their home in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill, N.J. In 1970 the family moved to Bennington, Vt., where Rich was manager of the offices in Bennington and Manchester for Central Vermont Public Service. In 1986 the move to Montpelier was made and Rich had an office on State Street. He became a full-time lobbyist for CVPS. After retiring, Rich returned to school and graduated from Norwich University in 1999. Rich's hobbies included the history of the Civil War and World War II. He gave many talks to schools and civic groups on these topics. He also enjoyed gardening. He leaves his wife of 49 years Elaine and son, Robert and his wife, Margery, of Moretown, granddaughters Helen and Rachel and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Rick and two brothers. FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service will be held on Saturday Dec. 13, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the Middlesex United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Park Lawn Cemetery, in Bennington on Monday Dec. 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made in Rich's memory to the Middlesex United Methodist Church, 10 Church St., Middlesex, VT 05602 BARBER & LANIER FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE is in charge of arrangements. For those wishing to convey online condolences to the family, please visit www.barber-lanier.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 11, 2008
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