Robert Louis Bowsher

Robert Louis Bowsher died peacefully on December 29, 2012 at St. James Place. He was born on May 21, 1914 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, to Francis Jacob Bowsher and Louise Fisher Bowsher. His family owned a hardware and farm supply business, which once employed Neil Armstrong, the astronaut, as a teenage clerk. As a student at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, during the Depression, Bob worked his way through college at a variety of jobs including washing dishes and selling tennis equipment. After his graduation in 1936, he worked in sales for Container Corporation of America. Aside from his military service, he remained with the company over 30 years, retiring in 1977 as the general manager of its corrugated box plant in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1940, he married his wife of 59 years, Gene Lois Troxel. During World War II, Bob was an officer in the Navy's Armed Guard, in charge of the armaments on armed transport vessels. He served on the oil tanker, the Gulf Pride, and participated in the first successful convoy to Murmansk, Russia. Between 1977 and 1998, Bob and Gene split their time between Cincinnati and Naples, Florida, moving to Baton Rouge in 1998 to be near their son and his family. Bob was a devoted golfer, sports aficionado, passionate reader and lover of travel. He and his wife travelled throughout the world, visiting Mexico, Europe, Africa, India, Japan and Southeast Asia. On a trip to Africa, Bob and Gene were trapped in the Hilton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda for three days during Idi Amin's coup in 1971. In addition to his parents and his wife, Bob was preceded in death by his younger brother, Mark Bowsher. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert T. Bowsher and Linda Helland Bowsher; granddaughters, Julia Hadfield Bowsher and her husband, Sean Richard Burt, of Fargo, North Dakota, and Emily Collins Bowsher and her husband, Charles David Cash, of Highland Park, New Jersey; and great-granddaughters, Helen Bowsher Burt and Judith Louise Burt. The Family wishes to thank the staffs of the Health and Wellness Center and the Companion Services at St. James Place for their loving care during his last illness. Visitation will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, until services at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James Place Foundation, 333 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, or St. James Episcopal Church, 205 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, or a .

Published in from Jan. 2 to Jan. 18, 2013