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Robert "Bob" Bowers Obituary


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“Jan, As you know you and Bob are a big part of our lives, but just want to repeat some of the great times. Whenever I think of Bob, I remember him...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: George and Joy FitzGerald - TX

“I was a single mon back in the 60's and wanted to buy a home. I knew Bob through friends, and shared times.This friend told Bob what I wanted to do...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Monique Kourdae - Friend

“Dear Jan, Our deepest condolences to you and the family. We are thinking of you during this sad time. Sincerely, Christina West & Family ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Christina West - Tijeras, NM

“Jan, I am so very sorry for you loss. Of all the many places I lived growing up, Nogal provided me with some of my best memories. You and Bob were...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Stormi Middleton - Athens, GA

“Jan, I'm so saddened to hear of Bob's death. He was truly one of a kind. My time on the ranch with you guys was unforgettable and I will always...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: cindy jones - coolidge, KS

“Dear Jan, We had a great deal of admiration for Bob. He was not only bright and lively, but a very courageous person. Our thoughts are with you...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce and Meg Porch

“Dearest Jan, Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting, and take comfort in the love of friends and family. You're in our thoughts and...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Michael & Terry Lohman Vigil and Josh Shainin

“Dearest Jan, Sending our thoughts and prayers to you at this very sad time. How wonderful you and Bob had so many years together and may those...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Don & Denise Midkiff - Placitas, NM

“One of the first things I think of when I think of Bob is a giant blue stuffed dog. That is because one Christmas that was his present to me. I can...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Wilson

“To Bob Bowers and family , allan and I wish to express our deepest sympathy at this time ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: allan and barbara brumer - NM

“Lobo athletics never had a better, more loyal friend. Good times or bad, Bob was there. A great friend to everyone at UNM, he would ask 'What can I...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Don McGuire - Dallas, TX

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Harold Hamilton - Albuquerque, NM


Robert "Bob" Bowers, 86, a resident of Albuquerque since 1958, died Thursday, May 26, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Jan who was his loving and constant companion since 1987; two sons, Robert and Ronald Bowers and his wife Karin; grandsons, Patrick, Jeff and Kenneth Bowers of Albuquerque; granddaughters Beth Diamond of NY City and Melissa Bowers of Albuquerque; six great-grandchildren; his brother Carl Bowers; nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins in the Joplin, Missouri area. Bob was preceded in death by his grandson, Matt; granddaughter, Kim; and his brother Bill who preceded him in death by a couple of months in North Carolina. He was born in Roy, NM but most of his family at the time were in Missouri so he moved frequently between Missouri and New Mexico. His father lied for him to get into the Navy during WW II where he became an aviation electrician, flying on seaplanes hunting submarines in the Atlantic. After the War he returned to Washington D.C. where he met and married Ruth Huston. They promptly moved back to his home state of New Mexico where he worked in the mines around Silver City. There they had two sons, Robert H. and Ronald A. Bowers. They soon moved to Carlsbad where he worked at Carlsbad Electric. He was one of the electricians who provided the lighting for the newly established Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Never one to sit still and be content, he outgrew Carlsbad and after a couple of short lived jobs, started his own company, Bowers Electric in Albuquerque, in 1958. He quickly became prominent in the area's construction industry but he didn’t stop there. Bowers Electric, under his guidance expanded into a multi-state operation performing work in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. As if that wasn’t enough, he became an investor in real estate and a real estate developer, building homes in several subdivisions in Albuquerque. His real passion became his horses and horse racing. At one time he and his wife Jan had as many as 45 race horses, and they were successful in that business also. He took personal interest in the horses, training and breeding them. Bob learned the art of horse breeding and raising as thoroughly as his other businesses in the past. Bob lived life to the fullest; having become a pilot, playing backgammon with friends, and spending as much time as possible on their house boat at Lake Powell. He was close friends with Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson when they accomplished their trans-Atlantic Balloon flight. He was in Paris to greet them upon their triumph. Later in life, after a stroke left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak, Bob kept active with his real estate properties and scrapbooks of political cartoons. Although physically hampered, he remained active and his wit and sense of humor were better than ever. He has hundreds of friends and well-wishers world wide. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Rd. NE, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carrie Tingley Children's Foundation, 1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 202, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or the Animal Humane Society of NM, Inc. 615 Virginia, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Bob would be honored.

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