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Harold Bower, 73, NB

Harold Bower, 73 of North Baltimore, Ohio, passed away on Sunday March 4, 2018.

He was born on March 25, 1944 in Bowling Green, Ohio, to the late Gordon and Dorthy (Biel) Bower. He is survived by his wife Sharon (McMillan) Bower. Also, surviving are three children Erica (John) Kelley of McComb, Ohio, Andrea Bower of Findlay, Ohio, and John (Laura) Bower of Columbus, Ohio, seven grandchildren Alexis, Andrew, Jasmine, Xavier, Gabrielle, Samantha, and Claire, one sister Arlene Bloomer of Toledo, Ohio, and one brother Robert (Jan) Bower of Port Huron, Michigan.

He was a 1962 graduate of Swanton High School, attended Baldwin-Wallace College on a basketball scholarship, received a BA in 1966, and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He received a Masters Degree from Bowling Green State University and later earned his certification in secondary school administration as a principal and school superintendent.

Harold was a dedicated educator for 48 years. He began as a teacher and coach but spent a large part of his career as High School Principal and later Superintendent at Elmwood High School. He finished his career as an Elementary Principal at Otsego Schools. He retired in 2013.

Harold was an active member in his community where he served as an elected councilman for 28 years, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd where he served as lay leader and was active in the choir.

He enjoyed most sports, both watching and playing and participated in basketball and tennis into his late 60’s when his health forced him to stop. Music was another one of his many interests. He played the trombone in the Findlay Civic Band, the Bowling Green Community Band, the Fostoria Community Band and with many other groups over the years.

In his later years Harold could be found gardening, spending time with his grandchildren or possibly his one great passion – riding his motorcycle. There was nothing he enjoyed more than strapping on his helmet and hitting the road on one of his bikes. He will be missed.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice, the North Baltimore Public Library, or your local school. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. All arrangements are being handled by SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, Ohio. Online condolences can be sent to

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  1. There seemed to be nothing outside his interest, be it gardening, athletic pursuits, almost very type of music was a part of his world, his fascination with a trombone, his knowledge of a wide range of literature, of course, his love of educating our youth or seeing one of his former students. I cherish the time with him on a basketball court,ball field, the “Y”, riding our bikes across Ohio, the Slippery Elm Trail…But most of all, I miss having coffee with him on Sundays. Thanks!

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