John Donald Bower, age 85, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, June 2, 2014.John was born in Bridgewater, Iowa, and graduated from Bridgewater High in 1947. Living in Des Moines, Iowa, John was in the Iowa National Guard. He went into the Building Trades as a Sheet Metal Worker in 1950, and retired as a Business Agent for Local 45 in 1989. He married Madelyn Hart in 1953. He and his wife Madelyn moved to Lawrenceville, Ga. in 1995. He lived for his family, enjoying many trips to Iowa to visit relatives and family, and many camping and sightseeing trips to Montana. He was a Great dad and Grandpa! He was preceded in death by his parents LeRoy and Alice Bower, brothers Bill and Dean Bower. He is survived by his sons and daughters, Mike (Jane) Bower, Bluegrass, Iowa, Joe (Laurie) Bower, Helena, Mt., Mary Jo McGee, Suwannee, Ga., Katie Johnston, Woodstock, Ga., 8 grandkids, numerous brothers, sisters, relatives, and many friends. We will miss you Dad. Funeral Services will be held Saturday June 7, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Father Fred Wendell serving as celebrant. The Family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel.

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  1. Don a.k.a. BIG D –
    We will miss you so much. You were the role model for what a Father and Grandfather should be. It was our privilege to have shared your friendship and you will live on forever in our memories.
    Not only were you a great Dad, Gramps, Husband, Friend…you were the best DEMOCRAT and PATRIOT we ever knew!
    For you, St. Peter must have rolled out the red carpet!!! We know you are with Madlyn, Randy and other loved ones on the other side. Someday we will meet again.
    All of Our Love and Respect,
    The Soutter Family

  2. I’m saddened by the loss of your Dad and grandfather. I always enjoyed his visits to MT. I know how much he was loved and will be missed. My condelences to the entire Bower family- most of all, Joe, Tess and Annabelle. You’ve always been there for our family Tess, wish we could be there for you. Will be with you in spirit as you celebrate his life on Saturday.

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