WARREN - Hayward K. "Bud" Gower, Jr., 63, of Warren, went to be with his Lord Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born March 6, 1950, in Ravenna, a son of the late Hayward K. Gower Sr. and Donna Sheely Gower Harvey.
He married Gloria Sayers on Dec. 21, 1990.
He was a 1968 graduate from Leavittsburg High School and attended technical school.
Bud was employed as an instructor with KraftMaid for 15 years and previously worked at Packard Electric.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War, and received various medals.
Bud was a member and deacon of Leavittsburg Church of God. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the VFW Post in Leavittsburg, an avid Cleveland Browns and Ohio State University fan, and also liked the Redskins.
Loving memories of Bud will be forever cherished by his wife, Gloria Sayers Gower of Warren; mother-in-law, Ann Sayers of Warren; sons, Stan (Nancy) Spina of Howland, Jeremy Gower of Venice, Calif., and Mark (Jennifer) Spina of Cortland; daughter, Nicolle (Eric) DiCenso of Spring Lake, Mich; sisters, Linda (Rick) Carr of Leavittsburg, Joann (Skip) Kaiser of Southington, Karen Yeakel of Emory, Texas, and Kimberly (Robert) Kascsak of Niles; brother, Mark Harvey of Southington; grandchildren, Anthony Spina, Marissa Mate, Ashley Spina, Kristin Spina, Tyler Bass, Anthoney DiCenso, Alex DiCenso, Marky Spina and Isabella DiCenso; four great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hayward K. Gower Sr.; mother, Donna Sheely Gower Harvey; his father who raised him, Charles "Pap" Harvey Sr.; daughter, Amanda Gower; and brother, Charles Harvey Jr.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Leavittsburg Church of God, with Pastor Rodney Mullins officiating. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Bud will be laid to rest in Meadow Brook Memorial Park, Warren, where military honors will be observed.
The family requests any material contributions may be made to the Leavittsburg Church of God, 610 S. Leavitt Road S.W., Leavittsburg, OH 44430, or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.