RAVENNA, Ohio — Wiley F. Bower, 72, of Ravenna, passed away
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at his home.
Born May 19, 1935, in Beckley, he was a son of the late
Woodrow W. and Annie J. (Handley) Bower.
Wiley was a popular area educator and coach, retiring in
1987. He spent nearly 20 years in the Rootstown school
system, where he was an instrumental part of the athletic
department, coaching boys and girls basketball, football,
baseball, and golf. He taught English and history. Wiley
also taught and coached at Garfield High School in
Garrettsville, and taught at Marshall University, where he
earned his Master’s degree. He also attended Hampden-Sydney
College and Concord College, where he received his
During the summers and throughout retirement, Wiley operated
a landscaping business. He was widely known as an extremely
generous person to his family, friends, students and
players, and tirelessly volunteered his time throughout his
life for various causes and organizations, including the
United Way and the American Red Cross. Mr. Bower was proud
to be a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. An ardent
outdoorsman and sportsman, Wiley was a lifelong West
Virginia University Mountaineer fan and supporter.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy “Dottie”
Bower; son, Paul (Lori) Bower of New Albany, Ohio;
grandchildren, Matthew and Brendan Bower of New Albany;
brothers, Fred (Jan) Bower of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and
James (Elizabeth) Bower of Lewisburg; as well as many nieces
Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service
will be held at a later date. Friends will be received noon
to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home,
703 E. Main St., Ravenna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
Portage Animal Protective League, 8122 Infirmary Road,
Ravenna, OH 44266. Please share your memories at www.mem.com.
Arrangements by Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home,