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William "Bill" E. Bowser

March 23, 1934 - July 19, 2023
Kalamazoo, MI


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William E. Bowser of Kalamazoo, age 89, died on July 19, 2023. Bill was born March 23, 1934 in Butler, Pennsylvania to Earl and Doris (Gray) Bowser. A wonderful student and lifelong learner, Bill was president of his high school senior class and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College in 1956. His diligence was rewarded with a full ride scholarship to University of Michigan Law School from which he graduated in 1959. Bill’s practice focused on corporate and real estate law in Kalamazoo from 1960 until his retirement in 2015. He was most proud to have earned his certificate of admission to argue cases in front of the Supreme Court, though such a case never came to him.

An avid sailor, Bill also handcrafted beautiful model ships and enjoyed reading about the Great Lakes. He also devoted a great deal of time learning about the history of the United States. Always looking to build relationships in the community, Bill became instrumental in establishing the Kalamazoo chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Bill was preceded in death by his adoring wife, Sheila; and siblings: Vivian Miller, Judith White, and James Bowser. Surviving are his children of whom he was so proud: Carrie (Rachel) Bowser, Anne (Jim) Lewis, and Bill (Julie) Bowser; grandchildren: Bill and Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. Bill will be buried at Penn Yan Cemetery alongside his beloved wife. Visit Bill’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign his guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo 269-375-2900.