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Dr. Lowell Bower

May 6, 1931 — June 19, 2023

Strasburg, Ohio

Dr. Lowell Bower


Dr. Lowell D. Bower, 92, of Strasburg, Ohio, passed away June 19, 2023 in the Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Known as “Doc” to many of his friends, he was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, May 6, 1931, to the late Ward C. and Anna Marie (Snyder) Bower.

He graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1949 and continued his formal education at Chicago and Wayne State Universities, graduating Summa Cum Laude from National College of Chiropractic, Lombard Illinois. After passing the Ohio State Medical Board, he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1956. He served at Ft. Lewis 2nd Division Dispensary and then was reassigned to Hot Springs Army - Navy Hospital in Arkansas. He served 1 year in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division. Upon honorable discharge, he entered into a general private practice in Dover, Ohio.

After numerous years of post-graduate training, Lowell earned Diplomat status of Chiropractic Orthopedics. In 1975, he was awarded a fellowship in the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedics. He taught postgraduate orthopedics for National College from 1975 to 1985. In 1993, he became an Independent Medical Examiner for insurance companies and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp, ultimately retiring from active practice in 1997.

Lowell was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Dover, Ohio and a lifelong member of the American Chiropractic Association and the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. He was a charter member and past president (1964) of the Dover Exchange Club, a member of the Elks and Moose clubs, and a member of the American Legion Post #139. Throughout his life, he and his wife, Suzie, enjoyed traveling and RVing, and spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed the sailboat trips in the Chesapeake Bay with several of his buddies, as well as family RV trips to Myrtle Beach and Florida. After years of RVing, Lowell and Suzie purchased a home in Bradenton, Fl, where they wintered until 2021.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jim; and siblings, Keith and Virgil Bower, Lois Kron, and Kaye Shaffer.

Lowell is survived by his wife, the former Suzie Harding; children, Larry (Deb) Bower of New Phila., Shawn (Sue) Bower of Chillicothe, Missy (Doug) Wright, Holly Springs, MS, Tracey (Dirk) Symons of Miami, FL; daughter-in-law, Lori Cua of New Phila; grandchildren, Jeremy (Chantelli) Bower of Lincoln, NE, Mindy (Kyle) Bianco and Stacey (Matt) Caressi, both of Chillicothe, OH, Zachary (Brittney) Jones, Spencer (Samantha) Jones, and Christopher Anderson all of TN, Tatum (Josh) Symons, Calli Symons, Cole Symons, and Alyssa Symons, all of Miami, FL, Katie (Sean) Cua of N. Canton; 9 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley Bower of Bolivar; brothers-in-law, Don Harding of Largo, FL and Ron (Deb) Harding of Richville, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family the Fitzgeralds of Dover, his BFF’s Jack and Bob; and his dog Bailey.

Visitation will be held in the Geib Funeral Center, 5600 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 2 to 4 p.m. Father Jimmy Hatfield will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church at Dover. Burial will follow in Dover Burial Park.

Memorial contributions in Lowell’s memory may be directed to either Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (online at or The Alzheimer's Association (online at

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Past Services


Sunday, June 25, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

5600 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, OH 44622

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Monday, June 26, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Joseph Catholic Church

613 N Tuscarawas Ave, Dover, OH 44622

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Monday, June 26, 2023

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