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Almon Greenleaf Bower
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Birth: Apr. 13, 1851
Lagrange County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 1945
Buffalo County
Nebraska, USA


Almon G. Bower, 94, retired Kearney mortician, died at his home, 502 East 23rd street, Friday evening after a four-day illness.

He was born in a log cabin at Wolcottville, Ind., April 13, 1851, and celebrated his 94th birthday only two weeks ago.

He grew to young manhood at Wolcottville. His father was a farmer and a skilled cabinet-maker, who made the coffins, as they were known then, for people miles around in that part of the country.

Mr. Bower taught school and helped his father until he came to Ulysses, Neb., where he entered the furniture and undertaking business.

After studying the teachings of Prof. Augusta Renouard, Dr. Barnes and Prof. Hohenschuh, he became one of the first licensed embalmers in Nebraska and retained his membership in the Nebraska Funeral Director's association at the time of his death.

He came to Kearney in 1898, purchased a building on Central avenue, started the Bower Furniture and Undertaking business and continued the business there until he opened one of the first funeral homes in Nebraska, at 502 East 23rd street. Later, he built the Bower funeral home at 112 West 22nd, now conducted by his son, Vern R. Bower.

He had always been an active member in the First Methodist church, I.O.O.F. lodge and chamber of commerce. His hobby was playing roque.

Surviving besides the wife, Mable F. Bower, are two sons, Vern R. Bower of Kearney and Clyde H. Bower of Douglas, Wyo., and one daughter, Mrs. Clara L. McLachlin of Kearney, also nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday from the Methodist church, Dr. C.B. Hanking and Dr. Roy Spooner officiating with burial in the Kearney cemetery. Casketbearers will be Elmer Rhoades, Frank Hollingsworth, Alfred Bjornstad, Wallace Thornton, Fred McCready, Ray Cox.
Family links: 
  Philip Bower (1814 - 1886)
  Mary Yeager Bower (1816 - 1865)
  Clara Lillie Hibberd Bower (1868 - 1906)
  Mary B. Meeker Bower (1854 - 1882)*
  Carrie May Bower Dickinson (1879 - 1918)*
  Orin Bower (1881 - 1882)*
  Vern R Bower (1888 - 1969)*
  Infant Bower (1890 - 1890)*
  Clyde Hibbard Bower (1892 - 1967)*
  Clara Lillie McLachlin (1895 - 1978)*
  Elizabeth Bower (1837 - 1858)*
  Rachel Mary Bower Pardee (1839 - 1912)*
  Daniel W. Bower (1842 - 1913)*
  Catherine Lucretia Bower Stroman (1843 - 1935)*
  Mary B. Bower Emerson (1845 - 1905)*
  John Bower (1846 - 1914)*
  Philip Bower (1848 - 1919)*
  Almon Greenleaf Bower (1851 - 1945)
  Emma Jane Bower Sanders (1868 - 1934)**
  William Elsworth Bower (1872 - 1935)**
  Lawrence Millerd Bower (1878 - 1929)**
*Calculated relationship
Kearney Cemetery
Buffalo County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: 1024-2 East
Created by: CPR
Record added: Aug 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57847830
Almon Greenleaf Bower
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Almon Greenleaf Bower
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Almon Greenleaf Bower
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