Harry Robert Bowser
July 18, 1913 - April 7, 2009
Harry Robert Bowser, 95, of Payson, died April 7, 2009. He was born July 18, 1913 in Distant, Pa. to Perry and May Bowser.
Mr. Bowser began working at the age of 13 in the Pennsylvania coal mines.
During World War II, he served more than two years as a machine gunner in the South Pacific, earning several medals and service ribbons.
After the war, he took up cosmetology and was owner/operator of a beauty shop for 27 years with his wife, Gladys.
He retired in 1975 and moved to Orlando, Fla. In 1981, he moved to Fountain Hills and then moved to Payson in 1998.
He was a member of the Payson First Church of the Nazarene. Mr. Bowser was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
Survivors include his son, Dennis R. Bowser of Payson; grandchildren, Mark Bowser of Mesa, Stephen Bowser of Scottsdale, Tawney Bowser Tumulty of Goodyear and Heidi Bowser Anderson of Scottsdale.
Mr. Bowser was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys Shaffer Bowser; brothers, John and Melvin; and sisters, Beulah Coupe, Freda Warden, Orrie Crooks, Wilda McCoy and Cynthia Bish.
A visitation was held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 10 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway in Payson. Services were at 11:30 a.m. following the visitation.
Interment was at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.
Donations may be made to RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.