Edward Bowers

Edward R Bowers

Thursday, June 3rd, 1937 - Monday, June 15th, 2020
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Edward R. Bowers, Jr., 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020, at Bethany Nursing Home.

A private service will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home. Following, a private burial service will be held at Linwood Cemetery. Recorded services will be available to watch on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page beginning Saturday afternoon. Online condolences may be left at

Eddie was born on June 3, 1937, in Flint, Michigan, but lived most of his youth in Tonawanda, New York. He graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1955, where he excelled in football, swimming, and baseball. In 2015, he was inducted to his high school Athletic Hall of Fame. He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra J. Fleming of Grand Island, New York, on June 14, 1958. Eddie was a graduate of Syracuse University (1960) where he was on the football team (defensive halfback), which won the National Championship in 1959. He also competed on the swimming team. After attending graduate school at UC-Long Beach, he started in college textbook publishing with Rand McNally in Chicago (1966). In 1974 he joined William C. Brown Publishing in Dubuque as an editor, eventually moving on to become a vice president and executive editor. In 1981 he started Eddie Bowers Publishing Company, specializing in college textbooks. He retired from publishing in 2012.

Eddie was a family man who loved his wife and four children deeply. He loved taking them camping, hiking, boating, and skiing. He cherished time spent with his grandchildren. He loved sports and exercise. He was a championship handball player and avid runner. He ran over 50 marathons and also a few ultramarathons. He founded the Mississippi Valley Running Association and was president for several years. He also was a board member of the YMCA, as well as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Dubuque.

Eddie is survived by his loving wife, Sandy Bowers; their children, Karen Grantham of Newton, NH, Edward Bowers III of Dubuque, IA, Cindy Daily of Chula Vista, CA, and Sharon Lloyd of Peosta, IA, as well as 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 sisters, Nancy Williams of Texas, and Grace Switzer of Oklahoma.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Caroline Bowers, and a sister, Constance Hudson.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Bethany Nursing Home for their wonderful care and kindness they gave Eddie.
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Christine Pasek

Posted at 09:58pm
To sorry to read of your husband's passing. I'm too am an alumni (1966) of Tonawanda High. I am also your brother ( at least I think he was your brother) Jim Fleming's wife Marcia Zyne cousin. Marcia's Mom was my Dad older sister.

Tom Sardinia

Posted at 05:43pm
Tom Sardinia
I met Ed my freshman year at Syracuse U. In 1955. We share a birth date and a friendship that has lasted these past 65 years. Although, we didn’t live close to each other, we kept in touch through phone calls and occasional visits. I am so grateful to have had him in my life.
Sandy and family, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Larkin

Posted at 09:47pm
As beginning runner back in the 1970's and 1980's Eddie, Bill Dodd and I had our regular Saturday morning 10-20 mile runs in preparation for our marathons. He had a zest, a gusto, a love for running that I found contagious. He gave of himself to other runners through his long time efforts to support the Mississippi Running Association. I will all remember especially his determination, his encouragement, and his sense of humor. My prayers and thoughts are with him and his family.

Mike Larkin

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Posted at 09:32am
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Posted at 09:29am
Sandy & Family,
I was very sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. He was such a kind and generous person. We had many conversations about his sports life, business life, and family during lunches at Red Robin. I will certainly miss Eddie and pass on condolences to the entire family.
With sympathy, Mat Langenberg
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