Craig A. ‘Stretch’ Bower

Craig A. “Stretch” Bower, 52, of 116 Wylie St. Jersey Shore, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his home, with his loving family by his side, after a brief and intense illness.

Born May 21, 1960, in Jersey Shore, he was the son of Paul E. “Peanut” Bower Sr., and the former M. June Tyson.

Craig is survived by his wife the former Denise “Dennie” C. Chambers.

For many years he was the owner of Crystal Beverage in Jersey Shore.

He was a 1978 graduate of the Jersey Shore High School and was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore.

Craig had a passion for hunting, the outdoors and World War II history.

Craig was a life member of the Jersey Shore Elks No. 1057, Jersey Shore Moose Family Center No. 214, Jersey Shore American Legion and the Jersey Shore V.F.W. Billy O. Brandt Post No. 5859.

Also surviving is his loving daughter, Vanessa A. Bower, of Boston Mass.; one brother, Paul E. (Dianne) Bower Jr., of Avis; one sister, Cinde L. (Dore) Bower- Stout, of Oval. Also nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great- nephews; his many wonderful loving friends; and his loyal canine companions, Tsar and Gracie.

Funeral services will be held Monday March 18, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 236 S. Main St., Jersey Shore.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. Monday, until time of services in the church.

Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Certified Lay Minister Becky Cuddeback his pastor will officiate.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the First United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore, or to the Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, is in charge of arrangements.