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Gerald "Jerry" E. Bowers, 70 of Minneapolis, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 after a long journey with cancer.

Jerry grew up on a farm near St. James and graduated from St. James High School. He attended and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College where he met his wife Debbie.

He had a successful career in the investment business. He spent the majority of his career at Piper Jaffray as a managing director of the municipal bond department.

He enjoyed spending time with his family at the cabin, traveling, biking, golfing, sailing and Lake Harriet.

He was very competitive and never gave up. His passion for flying airplanes led him to "The Angel Flight Program" where he flew people with medical needs to their treatment destination.

He was a loving, devoted and loyal husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He was a hands-on Papa to his grandchildren. We will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Debbie; children, Tracey (Tom) Illies and Jeff (Kari) Bowers; grandchildren, Hayley, Ben, Alex, Aaron, Maddie, Tommy and Joe; Father, Ray (Enid) Bowers; brothers, Chuck (Peggy), Jim (Trish), Dale (Beverly) Bowers; sister, Darlene (Ron) Splinter; brother-in-law, Dick (Kathy) Dalton; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Bowers.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Wash-burn-McReavy Edina Chapel, W. 50th St. and Vernon Ave. at Hwy 100. Edina.

Memorial service: Noon. Monday, April 7, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 50th & Knox Ave S. Minneapolis.

Private interment: Lakewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research or Mount Olivet Cathedral of the Pines Camp.

A special thanks to Mayo Clinic and Allina doctors and the caregivers at Allina Hospice for the special care shown to Jerry.

Arrangements by Wash-burn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, Edina Chapel 952-920-3996,