Mr. Kenneth Fields Bower, better known as “Ken,” 96, of West Jefferson passed away the evening of Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

Mr. Bower was born in Ashe County, North Carolina on Saturday, September 2, 1922 to the late George Cecil and Hattie Bare Bower.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bower was also preceded in death by his wife, Ophelia Calloway Bower; two brothers, Paul and Pell Bower; and two sisters, Ruby Little and Ann Smith.

Ken was a member of Friendly Grove Baptist Church in Beaver Creek where he served on the Finance Committee. Ken enjoyed watching sports and he was especially a UNC and Braves fan. Mr. Bower was also an outdoors man, he loved hunting and fishing. Ken will be remembered as an entrepreneur because he always enjoyed the art of making a deal.

Mr. Bower is survived by two sons, Greg Bower and wife Nancy of Crumpler and William Bower and wife Mary Beth of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Megan Pandoff and husband Ryan, Ashley Park and husband Brian, Alexander Bower, Holly Bower and Erica Bower; great-grandchildren, Rylan and Cora Pandoff, three sisters, Madge McNeill of West Jefferson, Audrey Hurley of Jefferson and Wanda Waldenburger of New Mexico; as well as several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kevin York officiating. Entombment followed in Ashelawn Memorial Garden’s Mausoleum of Prayer. The family received friends from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Friendly Grove Baptist Church; 444 Buck Mountain Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694 or to the New River Conservancy; PO Box 1480, West Jefferson, NC 28694.

Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family through our website at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Badger Funeral Home in West Jefferson was entrusted with Mr. Bower’s arrangements.