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Richard Sowers

Richard R. Sowers

Monday, June 9th, 1930 - Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Richard R. Sowers

Age 89, formerly of Valois and Elmira, passed away July 27, 2019.

Richard was born on June 9, 1930 in Elkland, PA, one of seven children to Wayne and Audrey Sowers. He graduated from Southside Highschool in 1948,where he scored the winning touchdown in the very first Erie Bell Football game. After High School, he enlisted in the US Army. Richard served as a mail carrier in the village of Horseheads for many years and was a member of the American Legion. He loved to hunt and also fish on Seneca Lake and Catharine Creek. When he wasn’t spending time in the outdoors, he enjoyed watching Penn State Football.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Sowers; son Richard Sowers of Horseheads; daughter, Kim (Dave) Rogers of Valois; brothers, Jerry(Peg) Sowers of Florida, Wayne (Alice) Sowers of Elmira, and Gary (Shirley)Sowers of Pennsylvania; and sister Jen Stamillio of Elmira. He was predeceased by two sisters, Vera Davenport and Peg Rhode. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Laura Decker and Carrie Sowers; and one great-grandson, Kingston Decker.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday(Aug 2nd) at 11:30am at Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave, Elmira, NY 14901 (or online at

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Arrangements entrusted to Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.
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    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 11:30am
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 11:30am
    Seneca Union Cemetery
    6292 NY-414
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    A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:30am
  • Interment

    Seneca Union Cemetery
    6241 County Route 414
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Steve Rohde

Posted at 03:25pm
RIP Uncle Dick. You will be missed.
Steve and Heather Rohde

Linda Strope

Posted at 08:53am
Mary Lou and family, Mike and I are saddened to hear about losing Dick. I always remember when I would drop you off after work he was always busy doing some sort of repairs around the house. I know you both had such great times at the lake. I think of you often and pray you will be comforted with all of your great memories. Praying for you and all of your family.
Love, Mike and Linda Strope

John Collins

Posted at 11:09am
Dear Sowers family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all. We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We enjoyed so many summers with him (and your family) as our neighbors at the lake, and have some many fond memories of him. He was instrumental in construction of our dock, a great resource for construction and lake information, and a good friend. And who can forget the Willie Nelson parties (complete with sing-a-long) he and the other guys would have on the beach! He will be greatly missed. - John Collins

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