Charles W. "Bill" Bowler,
87, died the evening of December 17, 2013,
at his home on the shores of Lake
Delta in the town of Lee. He is remembered
by his family as one of those individual
heroes that in America we have come to
call the Greatest Generation.
He was born on March 20,
Fitchburg, MA, the son of the late Charles
and Susanne Smith Bowler. During
World War II he dropped out of high school
and enlisted in the Army. He served
as an airplane armorer gunner on B-24
heavy bombers in Italy. He had over 300
hours of flight time in the European
Theater. After discharge, he returned to
school for his high school credits and
then attended the Utica campus of
Syracuse University for a degree in
education. He went on to earn a masters
degree in education from Cortland State.
In 1951 he signed his first contract
to teach elementary school in the Rome
Public Schools and spent his 35-year
career as an educator teaching at Columbus
School in Rome.
A few years after moving to
Bill met Elizabeth Sullivan and on June
26, 1954. Bill and Betty were united in
marriage in St. Peterís Rectory, Rome.
In addition to his jobs Bill
an array of hobbies including downhill
skiing, boating, swimming, traveling,
and others. He was a member of the
Griffiss Ski Club, the Rome Retired
Association, and the Rome Historical
Society. He had an interest in a wide
variety of cultural and historical
organizations and contributed to many
organizations. He was also a member of St.
Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Lee
Center, where he served as an usher.
He is survived by his loving
Betty; nephews Mark S. and wife Debra
Puffer, Rome, James D. Puffer, Pompano
Beach, FL, and Richard A. and wife Sylvia
Puffer, Hartsville, S.C. He was
predeceased by his nephew Thomas M.
Puffer, wife Mary of Rome. The family
wishes to thank and extend special
recognition to caregivers Kim, Tashia,
Shawn, Jessica, Allisha and Tara.
A Funeral Mass will be held
beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December
21, 2013, at St. Joseph Church, Lee
Center. Family and friends are invited to
attend calling hours on Friday 4-6
p.m. at Strong ≠ Burns & Sprock
Funeral Home 401 North George Street,
Interment will take place in Evergreen