Gary Dean “String Bean” Sowers


Gary Dean “String Bean” Sowers, 71, of Cadiz died Friday, Aug. 3, at Liza’s Place in Wheeling, W.Va. He was born Dec. 23, 1946 in Martins Ferry, Ohio a son of the late Charles and Ina Biel Sowers.

He was a veteran of the US Army having served in the VietNam Era where he received the Purple Heart with the 25th infantry division. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Adena American Legion.

He was preceded in death in addition to his parents, by a number of brothers and sisters. Surviving are two daughters: Dina (Doug) Utter of New Athens and Lainey (Brandon) Rinkes of Cadiz; two sons: Greg Capers of Columbus and Terry (Alysia) Capers of Cadiz; seven grandchildren with the oldest serving in the military; a brother, Raymond Sowers of Cadiz; a sister, Ruth Toto of Adena; and special nephew, Chuckie Sowers.

A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz, Ohio. Paul Giffin will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to Liza’s Place, c/o Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.

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