CREAL SPRINGS - Donald E. Bowers, 77, formerly of McLeansboro, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg.
Donald was born May 31, 1936, in Peoria, to Claude and Edith (Carrol) Bowers.
He married Delores Louise Erwin June 27, 1954, in Dale.
He was a minister.
He was a member of Grange Hall Freewill Baptist Church in Marion.
Donald loved hunting, golf, watching basketball and loved the Cubs. Don was founder of the Marion Soup Kitchen which is now the Ministerial Alliance Soup Kitchen. He pastored for over 50 years in northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee; and was a board member over 17 years at Fairfield Glade Vacation Resorts near Crossville, Tenn.
Survivors include his wife, Delores Bowers of Creal Springs; two sons, Douglas Bowers (wife, Paula) of Sedgewickville, Mo., and Dale Bowers (wife, Julie) of Energy; two daughters, Diana Angell of Hurst, and Denise Jones (husband, Scotty) of Kevil, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams, Breanna Bright, Rachel Bright, Steven Bright, Dr. Joshua Bowers (wife, Cindy), Sara Angell (husband, Cristain), Rachel Stuart (husband, Richard), Jarred Angell, Lauren and Nathaniel Jones; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Brooks of Marion; mother-in-law, the Rev. Mary Erwin of Marion; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Antioch United Methodist Church in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Kevin McNeely officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McLeansboro. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Marion Ministerial Alliance soup kitchen.