Chester “Chet” Lawrence Bowers went home to his loving creator on January 8, 2022. Chet was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 4, 1957 to his parents Don and Jane, and was the youngest of 4 children. The family moved to Charleston, Illinois in 1966 where they lived for 8 years. Chet talked often of his idyllic childhood there. Chet and his parents then moved to Jackson, Ohio where he graduated in 1975 from Jackson High School. He went on to graduate from Bowling Green State University in 1979 with a double major in selling and sales management. Chet’s passion for running track began in middle school, where he won many awards, and continued through college where he ran as a Bowling Green Falcon. He completed 4 marathons throughout his lifetime.
It was during his college years at BGSU that Chet met his wife Edythe. They were married August 18, 1979, and welcomed their long prayed for daughter, Jenna, in 1990. Chet was a deeply devoted family man. His love and support for his wife and daughter was immense. He always put them first, and they knew they could count on him for anything.
Chet’s work resume includes a buyer position at O’Neil’s Department Store in Akron, Ohio, where he and his new bride settled right after college. He then took positions at Waltz the Camera Man in Canton, Ohio, and Camera Den in Salt Lake City, Utah. Chet and Edythe lived in Salt Lake City for 5 years. By this time, Chet’s love and passion for photography (especially nature) was in full swing. Utah was a happy time in their lives. Chet and Edythe moved to Arizona in 1988. He worked for Tamron upon arriving in Arizona. After several years in Arizona, Chet got his dream job with Kodak. His position as a sales representative for their leisure and tourism department, gave him the opportunity to travel to all the National Parks in the Western United States. He would always tell people he couldn’t believe he was getting paid to do this. His last work before retirement was 10 years at CGI Direct, where his co-workers became like family.
Chet’s other hobbies included reading (he was a voracious reader and speller, completing 50+ books a year) and going to the movies. He loved going to Jenna’s soccer games and taking many pictures of her and her teammates in action.
Chet was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, 3 uncles, 3 aunts, and his sister-in-law. Those left behind to mourn Chet and honor his memory are his wife of 42 years, Edythe, his daughter Jenna (Cory McClelland) of Tempe, Arizona; siblings Roxanne (Ellen) of Dallas, Texas, Ken of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jim (Deb) of Dallas, Texas. Chet also leaves behind nieces/great nieces, nephews/great nephews, in-laws, cousins, and many friends. Also, his buddy Jack, the cat, and grand dogs Wilbur and Annabelle, will all miss him terribly.
A funeral Mass for Chet will be held on Friday, January 21st at 10:00AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, located at 2121 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282. If you are planning to attend, the family asks that you please wear a mask. For those unable to attend, the Mass will be live streamed at the link included below. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Chet’s name to the Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, AZ) where Chet enjoyed many happy times photographing the beauty of the desert, the Chandler City Library, or the Humane Society of Arizona. Whenever Chet was leaving somewhere, he would always say “thank you, see you next time”. So today we say, “thank you Chet, see you next time”.
Live stream link for Funeral Mass: https://olmctempe.com/specialevents