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Maurice "Gus" Dower, 80


May 22, 2004


Maurice “Gus” Dower, 80, of 119 Hartman Road Danville, PA  died Friday evening, May 21, 2004 at Grandview Health Homes Danville, PA.  Gus moved to Danville, PA in 1989 from Pequannock, NJ.  He was born August 26, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts the son of the late George A. and  Annie C. Kearney Dower.

He attended Charleston High School in Boston, Massachusetts until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941 where he served as a Metalsmith 2C during World War II.  He served on the Battleship USS North Carolina and destroyers USS Kidd and USS Smalley in the Pacific.

He attended First Baptist Church Danville, PA.  Gus was a member of VFW Post 6699 Paramus, New Jersey and The Danville American Legion Post 40.  Gus was employed as a metal fabricator for Vibra Screw of Totawa, New Jersey retiring in 1989.  Gus was well known working as a “bagger” for Giant Food Store in Danville.  He enjoyed deep sea fishing, football and ice hockey.

He was married for 44 years to Jean E. Allman Dower whom he married December 8, 1959.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children; Bruce E.Dower and his wife Wendy of Littleton, Colorado, Deborah A. Dower of Black Forest Academy in Germany and John R. Dower and his wife Diane of Glassboro, NJ; six grandchildren; Rachel, Bethany, Jonathan, Stephen, Andrew and Katie.  He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM from the Miller-Visneski Funeral Home 10 West Mahoning Street Danville, PA  with the Reverend David J. Mouw associate pastor of First Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will be Wednesday in The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville, PA with military honors accorded.  Friends will be received from 2-4 PM and 6:30 until the time of service.  Memorial contributions may be made to

USS Smalley Reunion Association “Sunshine Fund” 
c/c George Bauersfeld, Treas
1874 Crompond Road
Peekskill, NY  10566


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