Since 1972, Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home has provided top-notch service to families in and around Temple and Killeen, Texas, in Bell County. Our funeral directors are dedicated to providing customized services to meet the needs of every family, understanding that each memorialization should be as unique as your loved one. We work closely with families to create personal, unique tributes that honor the lives lived.
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As a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, all of our services are designed to help you through one of the most personal and challenging stages of life. We understand that losing a loved one is an emotional and difficult experience, and are committed to providing compassionate care as well as professional and personal service. Whether you wish to arrange for a traditional funeral service, are interested in a Life Well Celebrated® memorialization, would like to honor your family's hero veteran, plan to have a large gathering or would prefer a more intimate service, our associates will work with you one-on-one to ensure all of your desires and needs are met.
At Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, we also recognize that funeral arrangements and associated expenses can be overwhelming. In addition to assisting during your immediate time of need, our funeral directors specialize in working with families to plan ahead. By preparing in advance, you provide a sense of relief, peace of mind and comfort for your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are met to your specifications. We are here to discuss these options should you wish to do so in advance.
Whether you have an immediate need or wish to plan ahead, please contact our experienced team for more information, to schedule a tour or to discuss your options.
Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home was founded by Bill Crawford and Delbert Bowers in 1972. Both retired from the United States military, they felt a need for a strong military-related funeral home in the community. Bill was command sergeant major of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, and Delbert was a warrant officer in charge of the Officers Club.
The relationships they built during their time in the military provided a great advantage to continue to serve people through funeral service. They built upon those relationships by being very active in the community and building strong relationships with people of all walks of life. Both Bill and Delbert felt it was an honor to serve families by being the professional support they needed in the time of loss. This commitment is present today in the continued operations of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home.
Delbert Duane Bowers' life and legacy
Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home founder Delbert Duane Bowers passed away in December 2016 at the age of 87. Born on Nov. 20, 1929, in Barada, Nebraska, to Delbert L. and Daisy Kirkendall Bowers, Delbert was the oldest child of their marriage. He grew up and was educated in Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, where he served for 27 years until his retirement in 1974 at the rank of chief warrant officer 4. After retirement, he had a 2nd career as a funeral director.
In 1972, he and his business partner William ”Bill” Crawford began Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas, and Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove in 1988. Over the years, Delbert touched the lives of people throughout both communities. He always felt it was an honor to serve the people in a time when they needed it most and remained active in the business until the time of his passing.
Besides being a successful business leader, Delbert was also very dedicated to many civic organizations. He was a life member of VFW Post 3892 in Harker Heights, DAV Post 147 in Killeen and American Legion Post 223 in Killeen. He was involved in the Killeen Evening Lions Club, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge of Falls City, Nebraska, for over 65 years. Delbert was a longtime active member of Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen and greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, staying active, playing golf and working at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home.