United Township High School Class Of 1960


Melvin Bowker

Melvin D. Bowker, 66, of Hampton, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society with a restriction for lung cancer.

Mel was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Phillipsburg, Kan., the son of Ralph and Virgie Kelly Bowker. He graduated from United Township High School in 1960. He married Marilyn “Lynn” Cathcart on May 19, 1962, in Port Byron.

Mel took an apprenticeship at the Rock Island Lines and worked as an electrician at Case-IH, East Moline, retiring in 1993. He loved to play golf and bowl. He custom-made golf clubs for family and friends in his garage.

Mel is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lynn; a son, Chris Bowker and his wife, Melissa, East Moline; a son, Tyler Bowker, Hampton; a granddaughter, Stephanie Bowker, Escondido, Calif.; a brother, Gary Bowker, East Moline; and sisters, Gwen (Dave) Finch, Vivian Puckett, Sharon (Danny) Dagget and Audrey Kirby; five nieces and nephews in the Quad-Cities; and an uncle, Junior Bowker and his wife, Martha, Alpha.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Trinity In-Home Hospice for the help they gave with Mel’s care.


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