January 16, 2001 ~ November 9, 2020
Harry Emmitt Bowers, 19, passed away on Monday November 9, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time when Covid restrictions are lifted.
Harry was adopted by Merle and Sherry Bowers a week after his birth on January 16, 2001.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hillis and Alice Bowers.
Harry is survived by his parents, Merle and Sherry Bowers of Lee’s Summit MO, his sister Alice Moss (David) Lee’s Summit, his brother Brian Bowers, Lee’s Summit, nephew and nieces Jack, Evelyn and Norah. Grandparents Kenneth and Alene Lewis, Lee’s Summit, Norma Bowers, Lee’s Summit. Aunts and Uncles, Linda Lewis, Kansas City, Brian Lewis (Pam), Fredericksburg, Virginia. Gale Lewis (Sherri) Dallas Texas, Richard Bowers (Susan), Joppa, Alabama. Ed Bowers (Sondra) Liberty, Missouri, Rodger Bowers (Lisa), Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Dana Putnam, Lee’s Summit MO, Brit Phillips (Karma), Raymore MO. Many cousins and large extended family. Harry’s name was selected from two great-grandfathers.
Harry grew up in Lee’s Summit and attended Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. He was a member of the Lee’s Summit Christian Church.
Harry loved many things. He was active in Lee’s Summit Junior Basketball, where he enjoyed playing low-post. He also was a member of the Lake Lotawana Mud Dawgs baseball team. He was also active in Lee’s Summit Soccer Association on several teams.
In middle school, he was active in drama, where he played the role of Harry The Horse in the musical Guys and Dolls. He took comedy and improv classes while in middle school. He was in debate and forensics his freshman year at Lee’s Summit North.
He was active in Pack and Troop 220 BSA, where he attended many summer camps, culminating in working on the Bartle Camp Staff. He was a Tom-Tom-Beater in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say where his name was Wise Glancing Axe.
In spite of a pet allergy, he was a lover of animals. He had a special bond with his sister’s dog Athena, who passed last year. He kept her dish as a loving memento. After having hip surgery at Children’s Mercy, he participated in a dog walking program for physical therapy and enjoyed a special bond with several dogs.
He worked as a night stocker at Hy-Vee, where he was described as a hard and loyal worker. He enjoyed music and had a deep appreciation for rap culture.
Many friends and family describe him as being a good friend and a “gentle giant.” He was an advocate of the underdog. He often got in trouble at school for standing up for his smaller friends being bullied. He was and is loved by all who know him and will be greatly missed by those people.
A memorial fund is being set up by Love Big Foundation in Harry’s name. LoveBig Foundation is a charitable organization created by Nathan and Sarah Paris, close friends who have also lost a son. Contributions to this fund will be used to serve youth in the Kansas City Metro area.
Make your contributions to: LoveBIG Foundation, Inc. 4709 Razor Creek Way Louisville KY 40299 Or on their web page: https://www.lovebigfoundation.org. Please be specific that your contribution is in Harry Bowers’s name.