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Updated: 04/17/2014 08:00:06AM

Lewis Lattin Bower

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Dr. Lewis Lattin Bower, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Venice, Fla.

He was born in Corning, N.Y.

Lewis served honorably in the United States Navy, as a Pharmacist’s Mate 2, during World War II, in the Pacific and South America. He survived a torpedo attack that sank the ship he was on. Lewis also assisted in evacuating the wounded from the Philippines.

Upon his discharge, he married Betty Jane Rohde, and enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He returned to New York State to partner with his father Mason Bower as a residential building contractor. Lewis later become an Instructor and an Associate Professor at the NYS College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University. He retired from Cornell University and moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he worked for Gulf Construction Co. as a field clerk. Lewis also was active in rehabilitating Condominiums at Winston Court, where he lived for 30 years.

He had a lifelong love for boating and bowling, and played clarinet in the Navy and several dance bands. Lewis was a longtime member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his children, Betty Simon, Rebecca (Edward) Vallely, Susan Bower, Michael Bower, Christopher (Nancy) Bower and Barbara (Barry) Siebe; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Lewis was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his seven children, Betty Jane (nee Rohde) Bower; his son, Noel Robert Bower; brother, James Mason Bower; and sister, Helen Jane Bower.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory, 3070 S. McCall Road, Englewood, Fla. You may share a memory with the family at

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