Sadly, Clarence (Mike) Bowers, 85,of Albion passed away on December 31, 2017 at the V.A. Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Mike was born to Clarence and Annlee (Bozeman) Bowers on October 4, 1932. Mike married Madeleine (Mickey) Foy on September 25,1956. She precedes him in death in 2013.
Mike enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and achieved the rank of Sergeant and was in charge of the platoon of Engineers based at Cherry Point, N.C. Mike served in Korea and was decorated with a letter of commendation and metal of bravery in action. After returning from the military, Mike worked for Eaton Corporation of Marshall until he and his wife Mickey became owners of the Jolly Green Junction garden center in Albion in 1974, until retirement in 2001.
Mike served as a Calhoun County Commissioner for two terms (1982-1986) and served as Chairman of the Public Services Committee rounding his service in local government.
Mike was a avid hunter and fisherman prompting him to become a professional taxidermist. He hunted throughout the U.S. and Canada and during his lifelong career he also hunted in Newfoundland and Africa including taking the 74th largest Barren Ground Caribou ever taken in Alaska in 1970. Mike also survived a bear attack and went on to take moose, bear, wild boar, caribou and several types of deer from around the world and was a perennial fixture of the big game winners in the Michigan Bow Hunters news. Mike became a senior member of the Pope and Young Club in and the Commemorative Buck Regional Director in 1984, He also served as Governor and vice-president of Michigan Bow Hunters Society and an official measurer of the Boone & Crockett Society in 1986. He and was wife were members of the St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Concord, MI.
Mike was proceeded in death by his wife, his parents, and brother Dewey Bowers. Although they never had any biological children of their own, they “adopted” Mike’s nephew William Bowers as their son who passed away in 1994.
Mike and Mickey also “adopted” Sue (Ken) Ott as their daughter, who is the current owner of the Jolly Green Junction garden center in Albion.
Mike is also survived by his niece, Claudine (John) Baklund of Marshall; great nephews, Tim Baklund and Mark Baklund; sister-in-law Joann Foy of Detroit; many great nieces and nephews and cousins.Special friends the Blight Family of Homer and friends Rob and Debbie Gustafon of Battle Creek. A memorial mass will take place at the St.Catherine Laboure Church in Concord, Mi. on Saturday, January 20th a 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the V.A. Hospital in Battle Creek or your local Humane Society.