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Richard Sowers Sr.


Richard Sowers Sr. 7-15


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Richard Lyle Sowers Sr., 85, of Hummelstown, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12, in Frey Village Retirement Center, Middletown.


 Born in Grand Rapids, Mich. on August 19, 1929, he was the son of the late Clifford Henry and Estella Albright Sowers.  


 Richard retired as a project superintendent from Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation where he was responsible for multimillion-dollar construction projects that brought natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast. He was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant, Mich. Richard was a former president of the Lions Club in Kenedy, Texas, a Cub Scout Leader in three counties, and was a Little League Baseball coach. He enjoyed golf, baseball, woodworking, fishing, and coin collecting. Richard was a kind man who put his family above himself.


 Richard served proudly in the United States Army. Stationed in the strategic island of Okinawa he worked to build permanent military facilities that could withstand typhoons and enemy attacks. In his off time he was a champion boxer and pitcher on the fast pitch softball team. 


 In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a sister Theodora L. Peters, and his second wife Sandra H. Zeigler.


 He is survived by his brother Clifford L. Sowers of West Michigan; three sons Richard L. Sowers, husband of Sandra of Englewood, Fla., David A. Sowers, husband of Holly of  Etters, and Robert L. Sowers of Hummelstown; two daughters Sheryl L. Balke, wife of Per-Olof of Grand Junction, Colo., and Lisa M. Metz, wife of Patrick of Hummelstown; nine grandchildren Ryan A. Sowers, husband of Emily, Todd A. Sowers, Andrew L. Sowers, Carrie Jo Sowers, Brendan M. Balke, Brianna M. Balke, Kristen E. Balke, Bryan P. Metz, and Adam M. Metz; one great-granddaughter Marie Christine Sowers; his first wife Barbara L. Gaboardi Sowers of Camp Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.  


 Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17 at Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main St., Hummelstown, with the Rev. John A. Schaefer, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Hummelstown, officiating. 


 Friends will be received for the viewings in the funeral home on Thursday, July 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.


 Interment with military honors will be in Hummelstown Cemetery.  


 In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have memorial contributions made to Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania, 1130 South 19th St., Harrisburg, PA  17104.


 A special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Walter B. Watkin Jr., for providing nearly 30 years of exceptional medical care. The family is forever indebted.

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