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Leander Bower

Leander Bower

Nov. 24, 1951-Nov. 2, 2018

Leander “Lee” Bower, 66, of Columbus, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Lincoln.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Federated Church in Columbus, 2704 15th St. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at McKown Funeral Home, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Federated Church. Interment will be in Columbus Cemetery.

Leander Bower was born Nov. 24, 1951, in Columbus to Roy T. and Velma (Hashberger) Bower. He grew up in Monroe, where he graduated from Monroe High School. Lee was a standout football and basketball player. He went on to Hastings Technical College where he graduated with an auto-mechanics certificate. Lee worked as an auto mechanic in Grand Island for 10 years. He was united in marriage to Diane Knopick on March 4, 1978, in Columbus at St. Lukes-UCC. Lee went to work for Nielsens in Columbus, then later Sunstrand in York. Lee finished his work career at Appleton-EGS after 25 years there. Lee coached youth baseball for 12 years, and was a Boy Scout assistant leader for 15 years. Lee himself was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of the Federated Church.

Lee is survived by wife, Diane Bower of Columbus; son, Chad (Tabatha) Knopick of Omaha; daughter, Robyn (special friend Todd Bergman) of Columbus; mother, Velma Bower of Fullerton; sister, Evelyn (Steve) Kovar of Columbus; brother, Steve Bower of Tampa, Florida; grandchildren, Sarah, Megan, Conor, and Lucy.

He is preceded in death by his father, Roy; and a brother, Jon Bower.

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