Posted by: emsfh1 | February 20, 2010

Robert L. Bowser

Robert L. Bowser, 90, of Sumner, IL passed away Friday February 19, 2010 at the United Methodist Village in Lawrenceville, IL.

 He was born May 24, 1919 in Petrolia, PA the son of Harry E. and Margaret (Albaugh) Bowser. He was married to Opal (Biggs) Bowser. She survives.

 He is also survived by a son: Dennis and his wife Delores Bowser of Sumner, IL, a sister: Margaret Swauger of Hudson, FL, 2 grandchildren: Robert and his wife Amy Bowser of Albion, IL, Denise and her husband Vergil Jerrell of Greenwood, IN, and 4 great-grandchildren: Jonathan Bowser, Brendon Bowser, Jacob Jerrell, and Andrew Jerrell.

 Mr. Bowser was a teacher in various school districts. The last 14 years he served as Principle and Superintendant in Kell, IL.  He retired in 1977. He was a graduate of McKendry College, and earned his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Illinois in 1960. He was a member of the Sandoval United Methodist Church. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He was a 63 year member of the Sandoval Free Masons.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00am at the Sivert-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Crest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. Military Rites will be conducted by the VFW and American Legion Members. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 until 7:00pm at the funeral home where Masonic services will be conducted at 6:30pm.



  1. Dear Mrs. Bowser & Family,

    I am so sorry to learn of this, and my deepest condolences go out to you. You may or may not know that my beloved father, Cleone B. (“Pat”) Patterson, died on April 17, 2009, and this loss is still keenly felt, and I know your heartache only too well!

    Please accept my prayers for you, the bereaved family, and for your dear departed one, who is now with my own father in the fuller presence of Christ. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

    Most sincerely,
    Patricia L. Patterson

  2. Dear Opal and family,

    Know that our hearts are saddened for you in the death of your husband. Knowing your faith in God I know that you will gain strength through Him.

    Your friend and fellow teacher at Selmaville,

    Pat Newell Mc Claskey

  3. Dear Mrs. Bowser and Family,

    So sorry for your loss but as a former student I had to let you know of my fond memories of him.

    “Mr. Bowser” was principal at Kell School for most of the time I attended (grad. in ’81). My favorite memory is of us students getting called in his office on our birthdays and him giving us birthday money. We always got a dime or nickel but as a kid it always made you nervous to get called to the principal’s office – even if it was your birthday.

    He was a good man and I’m sorry for your family’s heartache. May God’s love and your memories together comfort you during this time.


    Cheryl Byars Bond

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