James M. Bowers 1948-2014

WARREN – James Michael Bowers, 65, of Warren, passed away in the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

He was born Aug. 23, 1948, at Ross Memorial in Pittsburgh , Pa., the son of John and Lorraine Haywood Bowers.

Jim was a 1966 graduate of North Hills High School and a 1974 graduate of Youngstown State University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

He was employed at Delphi Packard Electric from 1969 to 1982. James, also known as “JB,” also owned and operated Precision Concrete before retiring due to health complications.

James also was a master mason at The Niles Lodge, and coached his sons in Little Red Dragon football with friend and assistant coach Kenny Rieser for three seasons, suffering only one defeat. He also coached the Mount Carmel Junior High football squad for several years.

Jim was an avid Niles Red Dragon and Pittsburgh Steelers football fan. He enjoyed life and loved his family. He was well-known for his sense of humor, and loved spending time with his children.

He also enjoyed golfing, skiing and swimming with his family among other activities. Jim had many wonderful memories with his aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Verna Vrecanar Bowers, whom he married April 20, 1968; a daughter, Amy Michele (David) Journey of Jacksonville, Fla.; two granddaughters, Victoria Michele and Vanessa James Journey; two sons, David Bowers of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and James Joseph (Lisa Watson) Bowers of Niles; two brothers, David (Lynda) Bowers of Colorado Springs, Colo., and John Bowers of Elkins, W.Va.; a sister, Patricia (Tom) Drobot of Deerborn, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Niles with Pastor Charles Gilliam officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.

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