OBITUARY

Damon N. Bowers

June 1, 1957April 16, 2019

Damon Nichols Bowers, 61, of Independence, MO passed away on April 16, 2019, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

He was born the son of Robert Stanley and Maxine Nichols Bowers on June 1, 1957. He graduated from Wyandotte High School, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980 with international service in Korea, the Philippines, Mexico and Hawaii. He specialized in intelligence operations, and reached the rank of SrAE-4. He was honorably discharged in 1984.

Damon began his career in 1993, as a federal police officer, for the Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security, retiring in 2012 as Region 6 Area Commander.

During his career, he was chosen to participate in several high level federal police events including covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in 2004 and 2008. He also served on the team chosen to protect the President and federal properties for the 2008 Inauguration Ceremony for Barack Obama, where he assisted the United States Secret Service and Department of Justice in relaying real time intelligence between the Federal Protective Service Commanders and the Joint Operations Command Center on the day of the Inauguration.

Damon is survived by his wife, Theresa Bowers of Independence, MO; son Darren Luppens and wife Diana, Grain Valley, MO; brother Dr. Robert Dennis Bowers and wife Nelda, Sellersville, PA; sister, actress Dee Wallace Stone, Woodland Hills, CA; step brother Jan Heinemann, Fairway, KS; brother-in-law Bill Tolbert and wife Regina, Odessa, MO; granddaughters Alyssa Luppens, Grain Valley, MO; and Lindsay Merlo and husband EJ, Blue Springs, MO; great grandchildren Easton, Tatum and Maclin Merlo, Blue Springs, MO and Annabell Rose Smith, CA; nieces Gabrielle Stone, Woodland Hills, CA; Shannon Wilson, Luttrell, TN; Sarah Ryden, Chalfont, PA; and nephews Devon Bowers, Kintnersville, PA; Wesley Tolbert and Sam Ellis, both of Odessa, MO.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and oldest grandson, Ryan Smith, who passed away in December of 2012.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and time. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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Mamie Haddock

May 2, 2019

Damon and I were long-time friends. He was a great guy and great friend, he will be missed, but never forgotten.

Pam Bertels

April 26, 2019

Terri, I wanted to let you know I’ve been thinking of you. Hope to see you next month. Take care of yourself.

Dennis Bowers

April 25, 2019

Brother, my brother, how I will miss our 2X/week talks, reminiscing about the "good old days" which we both remember were not always so good at all, about the ways we would tease Dee, our many campfires, scouts, your boyhood baseball games and my short lived fantasy as a football player. And then when we became adults, decisions made to join the U.S. Air Force. How proud you were right up until your last breath to serve your country and then to serve with the Federal Police Force, Kansas City region, and then to be promoted to Commander of that region. You always leapt at a chance to serve your country. And all of our good times with family and friends, all the Christmases we enjoyed together, the campouts and trips to Colorado, Canada, Maine. Sorry that we never made it to Peru and to Machu Picchu. Sleeping on the rim of Royal Gorge in our pup tent. Yes, Damon, I will miss you my beloved brother. But I am happy you are no longer in pain. And jealous that you got to join Nana before I did. I'll bet she kicked your tail. So let's hold our glasses high to a toast to you, Damon Nichols Bowers, warrior for your nation and your family. I have been proud to know you. Your brother, Dennis.

Candace Huschle

April 23, 2019

Damon and Teri were the first neighbors I met when we moved to Independence from Texas. They welcomed me into their home and gave me information about other neighbors on our block as well as recommendations for resources for yard work. Frank saw Damon out and about on Tuesday afternoon. They waved at each other and we were shocked to find that he was gone later that night. We are so sorry to hear of your loss and we will miss Damon's presence in our neighborhood.

Roy Inman

April 22, 2019

I was best buds with Damon’s older brother, Dennis, at Wyandotte High School back in the day. Damon and my little brother George, were born the same year. A third member of the Dennis Bowers/Roy Inman gang was Bill Isenhour, who also had a sibling born about the same time. Although I had not seen Damon in many years, I followed his career through occasional email updates.
My sincere condolences to his family, Dee, Dennis and his many friends. The photo is one I shot of the Bowers family when Damon was just a little boy, c. 1960. Vaya con dios.

Sue Whittlesey

April 22, 2019

Terri, So shocked to hear about Damon. Remember him at grandparents house when he was little. He always looked so nice in his uniform. May he rest in peace.

Larry Glaven

April 22, 2019

Damon. I love you and will always miss you. Such great times we had. You were my blood brother. I'm amazed we made it this far with all the mischief we used to get in to. Our runs for T and bootsie, I'll never forget that barracuda and your yellow 58 Chevy pickup. Neo, sky Nero. All those nights in our pad upstairs from your grandma. Maxine and Jay making sure we were home to watch Dee in her first TV role. The list goes on and on. I still think you made the best Reuben sandwich ever. A friend like you is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I miss you buddy, but someday you.me.matt.mark.frazee and Roy will all be together again. RiP my friend.

Ruth Khan

April 21, 2019

Sincere condolences to Damon’s family and friends. May wonderful memories of your times spent with Damon help comfort you during this difficult time. Rest In Peace and Thanks to Damon for his many years of service in the military and law enforcement. Prayers for all of you.

Bill & Sherri Shepherd

April 21, 2019

Thank you for your service to our country Damon, RIP! My prayers are with your Beautiful Wife & Family!

Pam Arsenault (poterbin)

April 21, 2019

Damon and i were friends in school.My heart goes out to his wife and son.We hung around together and one day he looked at me and said" You know what Pam, These , these days right now are the good old days' .I never forgot that or him.RIP old friend.See you on the orher side.

FROM THE FAMILY