Lee Donald “Don” Bowers Jr., 97, of Pendleton, Oregon, passed away at a local hospital on February 6, 2018.
He was born on January 14, 1921, to Lee D. and Eva (Tritt) Bowers. Although they lived in Pendleton at the time Eva went home to Nampa, Idaho, for the birth of Don. He grew up in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in January 1940.
Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific in the Hollandia Invasion on the North Coast of New Guinea. His pride in his and his comrades’ service led him to act as secretary of the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the 41st Infantry Division.
On March 1, 1946, he married Roberta “Bert” Eileen Clark in Walla Walla, Washington. For many years thereafter he worked at the Pendleton post office.
Don loved the beauty of Oregon and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. Being at the cabin he built at the Bar M Ranch was a pleasure for him and Bert where they relaxed playing cards, hiking, riding horses as well as motorbikes, snowmobiles, and swimming in the hot springs pool. His love of the outdoors extended to keeping a garden, which provided him and Bert with berries and vegetables and enabled them to make their own delicious horseradish. Don was a man of many talents and could fix and repair items ranging from Bert’s jewelry to anything mechanical.
As well as gardening, Don and Bert loved visiting Hawaii yearly and their travels included Peru, Argentina, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Spain and places throughout the United States.
Don is survived by his daughter, Judy C. Masters of Granite Bay, California.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center, 77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla, WA 99362, or in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.