Military rites for Marine Pvt., Kenneth S. Bowers of Nazareth R. D. 3, will be held Saturday in Nazareth by members of the Pvt. Kenneth S. Bowers Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Harold Knecht Post 415, American Legion Nazareth.
Pvt. Bowers, who was killed at Tulagi, Aug. 7, 1942, was the first serviceman from the Nazareth area to lose his life in World War II. The V.F.W. Post is named in his honor.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Schmidt Mortuary, Nazareth, with the Rev. H. C. Snyder, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the Belfast Union Cemetery.
The body of Pvt. Bowers arrived in Bethlehem Monday, escorted by S/Sgt. Nicholas Kometic.
He was born in Stockertown, May 3, 1921, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bowers. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in Allentown, Feb. 13, 1942. Prior to his enlistment he was employed as a painter by his uncle, Horace E. Bowers, in Belfast. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his parents, of Nazareth R. D. 3; two brothers, Earl and Stanley, both of Nazareth R. D. 3; six sisters, Miss Shirley Bowers of Nazareth R. D. 3; Miss Betty Bowers and Mrs. Caroline Betz both of Nazareth; Mrs. Arthur Metz and Mrs. Claude Baltz both of Easton R. D. 2, and Mrs. Furman Simms of Phillipsburg, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Simon Bowers, of Nazareth R. D. 3.