Wayne J. Gower, of White Haven, died Tuesday morning, October 1, 2019 at Heritage Hill assisted living community in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, with his family by his side.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late John J. “Beaver” and Bernice G. Meixell Gower. He grew up in the village of Lehigh Tannery and lived most of his adult life in White Haven Borough, living at and caring for the Haas family homestead, where the Haas family gathers each year.
Wayne was a graduate of Weatherly Area High School and studied carpentry at Carbon County Area Vocational Technical School. He was employed as an institutional safety manager for White Haven Center and Clark Summit State Hospital, and worked at Emcee Broadcasting for over twenty years. He was a dedicated volunteer and served his community as an EMT, emergency services instructor, Captain of the White Haven Ambulance, member of the White Haven Fire Company, borough council member, and Emergency Management Coordinator for White Haven, East Side, Penn Lake, and Dennison Township. He was a member of the Anthracite Repeater Club (Ham Radio) with the call letters of N3HRO. Wayne was a talented woodworker and true outdoorsmen, enjoying camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a civil war historian and loved going ghost hunting and visiting battlefields with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Joshua Donald Gower.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Mary Minnie Brandmier Gower; daughters, Kathy Marie Farrell and her husband, Christopher of Schwenksville; Karen Lucy Aho and her husband, Karl of Stephenville, TX; grandchildren, Allison and Ryan; two grand kitties, Courage and Natalynn; brother, Damar Gower and his wife, Christine of White Haven; aunts, Belva Meckes and Pearl “Chickie” Gower; uncle, Edgar “Doc” Gower, Sr; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff of Heritage Hill and Family Pillars Hospice for their loving care and support.
Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 418 Berwick Street, White Haven with Pastor Janell Wigen officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Cemetery.
Friends are invited to join the family for a visitation on Friday, October 4, 2019, from 4 to 7 pm in the St. Paul’s Parish Hall and from 9:30 am until time of service in the Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wayne’s memory to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the White Haven Ambulance Association.