77-year-old Creal Springs, IL resident, formerly of McLeansboro, Donald E. Bowers, died at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, September 18 at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, IL. He was a minister, and founder of the “Marion Soup Kitchen” which is now the Ministerial Alliance Soup Kitchen. He also pastored for over 50 years in northern Illinois, southern Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, and was on the board over 17 years at Fairfield Glade Vacation Resorts near Crossville, TN.
Surviving are his wife Delores of Creal Springs, IL; two sons, Douglas of Sedgewickville, MO and Dale of Energy, IL; two daughters, Diana Angell of Hurst, IL and Denise Jones of Kevil, KY; ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Brooks of Marion, IL; and his mother-in-law, Rev. Mary Erwin of Marion, IL; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Donald E. Bowers will be at 1 p.m. Monday, September 23 at Antioch United Methodist Church in West Frankfort, IL. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 22 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, and one hour before the time of service on Monday, September 23 at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Marion Ministerial Alliance “Soup Kitchen”.
Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of the arrangements.