Jerry Bowker

Posted Online: April 08, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Jerry L. Bowker, 75, of Rock Island, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home.
Services in celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Rock Island Girls' Softball.
Jerry was born in 1937 in Moline, to Howard and Dorothy Bowker. He married Nancy Mauch and later, in August 1992, Mary O'Melia in Rock Island.
He worked as an inventory management specialist with the Rock Island Arsenal for 33 years, retiring in 1993. He also was president and coach of Rock Island Girls' Softball and Rock Island Little League.
Both he and his wife, Mary, were involved with the foster parents program of Rock Island County. He also was a member of the Army Reserves for six years. He was a big supporter of Rocky High School sporting programs, enjoyed bowling and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and NASCAR fan.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughters, Vicki (Tom) Logan, Macomb, Mich., Lisa Lonergan, Rock Island, Erika (Brian) Hayes, Taylor Ridge, Elizabeth (Paul) Stevens, Grand Junction, Colo., and Jackie Call, Rock Island; sons, Mark (Sharon) Bowker and Trent (Angi) Bowker, both of Rock Island; 13 grandchildren, Breezy, Cullen, Samantha, Adam, Alex, Jason, Matthew, R'Eannah, Tayah, Abigail, Audrey, Anthony and Tucker; one great-grandchild, A'rion; sister, Patty Seymour, East Moline; numerous nieces and nephews who were very close to Jerry, especially Sharon, Debbie, Cindy, Shelly and Mike; and his dog, Libby. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Devon Hayes.
Online condolences may be expressed to Jerry's family by visiting his obituary at


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