Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX


Delbert Bowers

November 20, 1929December 26, 2016
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Mr. Delbert Duane Bowers age 87, of Harker Heights passed away peacefully with his family and friends at his side in a Harker Heights Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2016.

Mr. Bowers was born on November 20, 1929 in Barada, Nebraska to Delbert L. and Daisy Kirkendall Bowers he was the oldest child of their marriage.

He grew up and was educated in Nebraska and was a Graduate of the University of Nebraska in Omaha.

He entered the U S Army, where he served for 27 years, until his retirement in 1974 at the rank of CW4. After retirement he had a second career as a funeral director. He and his business partner William “Bill” Crawford began Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen in 1972 and Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove in 1988. Through the years Mr. Bowers touched many people’s lives in both communities. They sold the business in 1989 to Service Corporation International and Mr. Bowers remained active as a consultant until the time of his passing. He always felt it was an honor to be able to serve the people in a time of their life when they needed it most.

Besides being a successful business leader he was also very dedicated to many civic organizations. He was a Life Member of VFW Post 3892 in Harker Heights, a Life Member of DAV Post 147 in Killeen, a Life Member of American Legion Post 223 in Killeen, a Member of the Elks Lodge of Falls City, Nebraska since 1950, the Killeen Evening Lions Club, the Killeen Chamber of Commerce, the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Bowers was a long time active member of Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, working out at his place in Triple 7, playing golf and working at the funeral home.

Mr. Bowers was preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 66 years, Jean Bowers of Harker Heights; a son, Brent Bowers of Nashville, TN; a daughter, Debra Hand and her husband Dr. Lee Hand of El Paso; a brother, Delmar Bowers and his wife Shirley of Mt. Home, Arkansas; a sister, Delores Stanfild of Falls City, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Shelly Bowers, Ryan Harper, Whitney Harper, Nathan Bowers and eight great grandchildren.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove and again from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen. Interments services will follow with full military honors in the Killeen City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be the United States Army. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Skyline Baptist Church in Killeen and the staff from Crawford-Bowers Funeral Homes in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Temple.

For those that desire memorial contributions may be made to Skyline Baptist Church, 906 Trimmier Road, Killeen, Texas, 76541 or to Friends of Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery (for the Wreaths), 100 W CTE, Suite 302, Harker Heights, Texas 76548 or online at www.wreathforvets.org. Funeral Services are entrusted Crawford-Bowers Funeral Homes.


  • Visitation in Copperas Cove Wednesday, December 28, 2016
  • Visitation in Killeen Thursday, December 29, 2016
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 30, 2016


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Debbie Layne

January 5, 2017

The Angels are rejoicing as Jesus welcomes him to Glory. Such a sweet and kind person. I thank him for the friend he was to our parents and family. He has begun truly living now. Blessings to his family.

suzanna hupp

January 4, 2017

So sorry to hear of his passing. I recall how kindly he handled the combined service for my parents. My condolences to his family. He touched many people and will not be forgotten.
Suzanna Gratia Hupp

Gayle Ayers

January 1, 2017

Thank you for your service, Mr. Bowers. Brent, you will be in our prayers!

December 30, 2016

Mr. Bowers was one of the nicest and most understanding people I have met. He carried himself with great dignity and a passion for caring for loved ones and made our sorrow a little easier to deal with. You will be greatly missed but heaven has gained a true angel.
April and Jerry Fitzgerald

December 30, 2016

The honorable Mr. Bowers touched my life with is warm heart and genuine spirit. His kindness complemented by his compassion for people of all walks has made an indelible mark upon mine and the lives of innumerable others. The uniqueness of his life assures that his transition from us has left no vacancy which can be filled. The fruit of his contributions will long continue to impact the lives of others in his physical absence as if he were yet present. May the Lord provide Mrs. Bowers and the entire family the comfort, peace and strength today, and and in the days to come.
~Shaun L. Moton

December 30, 2016

Mr. Bowers was one of the kindest people we had the pleasure to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Please accept our deepest condolences. Joe and Carroll Smith

Kevin & Tammie Vice

December 29, 2016

Aunt Jean and family: Uncle Duane was a great man of God to whom we looked up to and respected. Although he will be greatly missed we can find comfort in knowing someday we will see him again in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this most difficult time. We love and care about you.

James Thurman

December 29, 2016

Mr. Bowers was a special man who dedicated his life to serving Soldiers and their Families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bowers Family. May God Bless you all. With Deepest Respect and Sympathy
General r JD and Dee Thurman

STS Information Systems

December 29, 2016

Brent and Family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts and prayers of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

December 29, 2016

Delbert was one of the finest people we have known. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolence .

Jean & Don Gautier