Robert F. “Bob” “Bones” Jowder, 87, of Selbyville, Del., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. He was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Phoenixville, Pa., to the late Michael and Bertha Liptak Jowder.
Jowder worked for Scott Paper and Foamex as a machine operator for approximately 36 years before retiring. He was the first union president at Scott Paper in Eddystone, Pa. He also had a landscaping business and loved all flowers, especially roses.
Jowder was a proud, decorated U.S. Marine sniper. He said he volunteered to be the first human shot test for the Kevlar “bulletproof vest.” While serving in the Marines, he once jumped on the stage and kissed Marilyn Monroe. He was so proud of that! He was a Golden Gloves boxer in his younger years. His family described him as the “Energizer Bunny.” He loved dancing, singing, fishing, boating and animals, and he just loved life. He could play the spoons and bones — a lost art today. Jowder could break out in song at any moment. He was quite the entertainer and sang with the barbershop singers in Delaware for years.
Jowder was a devoted husband to his beloved wife, “Marth,” and a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Jowder was also preceded in death by his four siblings. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Louise “Marth” Jowder of Ocean Pines, Md.; four children, Robert Jowder Jr. and his wife, Teresa, Abby Jowder, Ann Marie Jowder and Julie Jowder; nine grandchildren, Robert Jowder III and Michael, Christa, Alycia, Troy, Dawn, Christina, Thomas and Kimberly; four great-grandchildren; and his canine friend Sparky.
A viewing was scheduled for Dec. 12, 2016, at Watson Funeral Home, with a chapel service at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to the Wounded Warriors; 7020 A.C. Skinner Pkwy., Suite 100; Jacksonville, FL 32256. Condolences can be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.