Celebrating the life of Stirling Edwin Bowers
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His family has opted for cremation, and elected for no funeral service or visitation. The Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown, IL is assisting the family with arrangements.
Stirling was born November 19, 1932 in Pickford, MI, to Edwin A. and Marguerite J. (Stirling) Bowers. He was a 1950 graduate of Prophetstown High School. Stirling first served in the U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and later as a medic in the U. S. Air Force, retiring in 1974 after a combined twenty years of honorable service. During his military career, he was trained for independent duty at sea, served aboard ship and with the Fleet Marine Force, flew combat wounded out of Vietnam on C-9 medical evacuation (medevac) flights, and served at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. On September 27, 1958, Stirling married Betty Lovelace of Anderson, IN, a union that lasted fourteen years.
Survivors include his son, Neil Stirling Bowers, and his daughter-in-law Lynn, of El Cajon, CA, and his son, Paul Whitney Bowers; four grandchildren, Ashley (Bowers)Rignoli and her husband, Gabe, Amanda (Bowers) McDade and her husband, Josh, Andrew Bowers, and Andrea (Bowers) Bautista and her husband, Jordan. Stirling is also survived by his three great-grandchildren, Adilynn, Piper, and Logan McDade.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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