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Obituary: Robert Thomas Sowers, Indianapolis

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Robert Thomas “Bob” Sowers passed into heaven Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. He was a resident of Indianapolis and a former resident of Kingman.

Bob was born June 8, 1924, to Victor (Slayback) and Goldie Thomas Sowers in North Terre Haute and graduated from Kingman High School in 1942.

He served in World War II in the Army Air Force 4145 Base Unit, repairing combat-damaged planes in Tucson, Ariz., and serving postwar in the Philippines.

On April 3, 1949, Bob married Betty Jo Patton of Browns Valley; and they raised three girls, Kay (Rich) Plew of Melbourne, Fla., Jayne Sowers, Ph.D., of Chicago and Jo Ellen (Alan) Weems of Whiteland. He had four grandsons, Jason and Jeffrey Plew and Tyler and Nathan Weems; and three great-grandchildren, James, Rebekah and Thomas Plew.

Bob owned and operated Sowers Dri-Gas (Thermogas) Service in Kingman, providing propane gas for home heating and corn drying throughout a large rural area in western Indiana.

After retiring, Bob and Betty Jo, a former elementary teacher at Southeast Fountain School Corp., enjoyed a winter home in Florida.

Betty Jo passed away July 21, 1997.

Bob’s memberships included the American Legion. He served as Kingman town clerk and as treasurer and elder of the Kingman Christian Church.

On Sept. 26, 2002, Bob and Carolyn (Miriam Crabb) Coats of Indianapolis were married.

They enjoyed traveling together, including fulfilling one of Bob’s lifelong dreams of traveling through the Panama Canal. Carolyn has one son, Dr. Charles (Becky) Coats, and their daughters, Alexis and Arianne.

Bob’s sister, Phyllis Stevenson of Noblesville, survives, as do numerous nieces and nephews.

A service will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Sanders Funeral Home, 203 First St., Kingman. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Terre Haute.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675, helping injured soldiers returning home; Gleaners Food Bank, 3737 Waldemere Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46241, a community food bank; or Imagination Library for Fountain County, c/o Danville Area United Way, 28 W. North St., Suite 102, Danville, IL 61832, providing books for low-income preschool children in Fountain County.

Services in Indianapolis were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan-Broad Ripple.

Information: www.flannerbuchanan.com

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