- August 16, 1968 - November 20, 2016
- Fort Walton Beach, Florida
of Robert's Passing
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Heaven gained a new angel. Robert (Bobby) Timothy Bowers, 48, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 20, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born in Fort Walton Beach and resided here most of his life. He was the sixth child of George and Barbara Bowers. From an early age Bobby enjoyed the outdoors—fishing, bringing along his favorite companion, his dog; surfing; hiking and hunting; other water-related excursions; and drawing and painting. Bob was a meticulous carpenter and enjoyed working with his hands. He was a great family man.
Bob is survived by his two sons, Connor and Fletcher and the mother of his children Brec. He is also survived by his loving parents, Barbara and George Bowers; his brother Tom (Margaret), sisters Peggy (Philip) Watts, Debbie, Rosie (John Kohls), and Lisa (Wraith) Drake, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Also leaving behind many close friends.
Bob attended local schools—St. Mary's Catholic School, New Heights Elementary, Bruner Junior High, and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1987. He was on the YMCA swim team as well as the Fort Walton Beach High School Swim Team. He served mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Bob was a Cub Scout, a Weblos Scout, and a Boy Scout. Bob also attended Okaloosa-Walton Community College taking courses in computer graphics. After high school Bob worked as a Park Ranger at Camp Helen. He then moved to Georgia and worked for Lisa and Wraith at their first child care center, managed their Blimpi Shop, and helped build their first log cabin. While in Georgia he met his wife and they moved to Fort Walton Beach where they lived for five years.
Since Bob loved the outdoors, he bought a 24-acre farm in Liberty, Kentucky, where he resided for five years. He and the boys would go fishing in the streams and brooks whenever it was possible. Bob and his family had a vegetable garden every year—they grew squash, beans, corn, and tomatoes. While in Kentucky, Bob was a supervisor for weatherization at Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency.
Bobby will always be remembered by his contagious smile, witty humor, and big heart. Bob was a giver.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 26, at 11:30 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Avenue, Fort Walton Beach. Burial will be held immediately after the service at Beal Memorial Cemetery. Immediately following the burial a reception will be held at the Parish Life Center at St. Mary's. The family would like to extend a special thanks for all the prayers and condolences. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Wildlife Federation or the Organ Donation and Transplant Association of America. Expressions of love and sympathy can be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com