Bowers offers compassionate service

9 years ago

In 1900, R. Eugene Bowers moved his family from Natick, Mass. to Sherman Mills and started the Pine State Creamery. Shortly after the family moved to Maine, he received his embalming and undertaking license from the state and started the very first Bowers Funeral Home operating it until his death in 1925. His youngest son, Leon, took over the business.

In the early 1930s, Leon joined with Dr. Fayette Spratt and formed the partnership of Bowers and Spratt Funeral Home in Island Falls. In 1945 Rodney, Leon’s youngest son, returned from World War II and joined his father in the family business. In March of 1947, the Bowers and Spratt Funeral Home burned. Rodney then purchased a new building and bought out Dr. Spratt’s ownership. In 1957, Rodney expanded his business buying the Brown Funeral Home from Dr. Mason Brown of Patten. He operated the three funeral homes, with the help of his wife, Phyllis and their four children, William, Christopher, Helen and Tony.

All three of Rodney’s sons went into the funeral business. William works at Melrose-Abby in Anaheim, Calif. Christopher graduated from the Funeral Institute of New England in 2004 and is now retired. Tony graduated from Cypress College in California and bought the family business in 1985, making him the fourth generation. He and his wife, Carmel moved into the Sherman Mills funeral home in 1989 and with the help of his wife and four children, Jacquie, Christa, Antonia and Theodore, successfully ran all three buildings. In 1995, they expanded to Houlton and closed the Patten and Sherman facilities in 1996.

We pride ourselves on the functionality and appearance of our facilities. We are constantly updating and improving our premises and equipment to keep our facility within the highest of professional standards. Whether it is our Chapel, Visitation Rooms, or Reception Facilities, the flexibility of our layout allows us to accommodate a broad range of services. Our facilities can support everything from very large assemblies to the smallest of quaint gatherings.

We’ve worked hard to make the surroundings as comforting as possible for you during this difficult time.

Bowers Funeral Home currently operates in Houlton and Island Falls. Tony’s son, Ted joined as an assistant in 2011 and is currently serving in the United States Marine Reserves out of Brunswick and operates a monument business. Heather Bell serves as the administrative assistant.

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