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MOUNT UPTON - Tracy Simeon Bowker passed away on Sept. 4, 2017, at 84, surrounded by family.
Tracy was born to James Toledo Bowker and Vivian Elizabeth Beismer on Oct. 11, 1932.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Leonard Hartwell Bowker; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Skip Jacques; children, Jodi Bowker of Garland, Texas, Curtis Bowker of Mount Upton, Bill and Tracy Bowker of Struttgart, Germany, Donald Hartwell of Bainbridge, David Hartwell and Sue Brown of Rome, Cindy Smythe of Clifton Park, Tammy Bowker of Greenfield Center, Patty Bowker of Sherburne, Beverly Hartwell Sowersby and Scott Cleaveland of Oneonta, Sherry Bowker Guiles of Sherburne, Carin and Preston Bousman of Chesterfield, Virginia; grandchildren, Tracy III, Cody and Kayla Bowker, Stephanie and Will Pfeffer, Chad, Derek, Chelsea and Evan Bowker, Ashley and Lee, Michael Hartwell, Cierra and Kris Stafford, Zachary and Caleb Hartwell, P.J. Dowd, Ian Bowker, Robert Hill, Brady Bowker, Hunter Sowersby, Brent Guiles, Cory Palmer, Will, Lilly and Jack Bowker, Zach Robertson; great-grandchildren, Rayne Thornton, Liam and Lottie Pfeffer, Maddie Stafford; sister-in-law, Ellie Bowker of Ipswitch, Massachusetts; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Mary Leonard of Bainbridge; sister-in-law, Nancy Miner of Norwich; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Special thanks to Bim Palmer, Charlie and Diane Burnham and the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Bowker; son, Tracy Bowker Jr.; and his best feline friend, Buddy.
He graduated with the Walton High School Class of 1950, after which he worked at Amphenol, spent four years in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960, returning to Amphenol, retiring in 1986. From 1986 to 1993, he worked as a machining instructor at Western Delaware BOCES.
He was a member of the Elks, Moose, Rockdale Rod and Gun Club and Mount Upton Senior Citizens.
The family extends its thanks to Dr. Lone and all the nurses and especially thanks Dr. Rosen, Karen, Arlene and Jonathan of the dialysis department in Cooperstown, the At Home Care nurses and Steve and Letitia, Heidi and Diane of Chenango County Hospice for letting the family spend more time with him. We will forever be grateful to all of them.
A celebration of Tracy's life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Sidney Moose Lodge, East Main Street, Sidney. Burial will be private in Greenlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rockdale Rod and Gun Club or Chenango County Hospice.
Share condolences with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on September 11, 2017
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