Lee "Don" Bowers

Died: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018


Military Honors

1:00 PM Tue., Feb. 13, 2018
Location: Olney Cemetery


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Lee Donald  “Don” Bowers Jr. 97, of Pendleton, Oregon passed away at a local hospital on February 6, 2018. He was born on January 14, 1921 to Lee D and Eva (Tritt) Bowers. Although they lived in Pendleton at the time Eva went home to Nampa, Idaho for the birth of Don. He grew up in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in January 1940. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the US Army. He served in the Pacific in the Hollandia Invasion on the North Coast of new Guinea. His pride in his and his comrades’ service led him to act as Secretary of the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the 41st Infantry Division. On March 1, 1946 he married Roberta “Bert” Eileen Clark in Walla Walla, Washington. For many years thereafter he worked at the Pendleton Post Office. Don loved the beauty of Oregon and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. Being at the cabin he built at the Bar M Ranch was a pleasure for him and Bert where they relaxed playing cards, hiking, riding horses as well as motor bikes, snow mobiles, and swimming in the hot springs pool. His love of the outdoors extended to keeping a garden which provided him and Bert with berries and vegetables and enabled them to make their own delicious horse radish. Don was a man of many talents and could fix and repair items ranging from Bert’s jewelry to anything mechanical. As well as gardening, Don and Bert loved visiting Hawaii yearly and their travels included Peru, Argentina, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Spain and places throughout the United States.

Don is survived by his daughter Judy C Masters of Granite Bay, California.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Jonathan M Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, 77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla Washington 99362 or in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton PO Bx 489 Pendleton OR 97801.

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Ellen Wardell
   Posted Mon February 12, 2018
Dear Judy and family,

I am sad to hear of your father's passing. He was quite a man. I met Don through his close friend, Marge Cappiello, 11 years ago. The two of them were fast friends and I would join them occasionally for a drink or dinner at Marge's house. He would love to tell stories, joke around, rant about politics, and lend an ear.
He was strong, courageous, interested in life and people. He will be missed.

Fondly,
Ellen Wardell

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