Stepehn Edward Sowers of Rolla, Missouri was born November 16, 1942 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Edward W. Sowers and Alma Skerik Sowers and passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the age of 78 years.
He graduated from Rolla High School in 1960 and was on the golf team for four years, the No. 1 player as a senior. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1964 and a Master of Journalism in 1966 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Sowers was a lifelong Tiger fan.
He served in the National Guard and was known across the region and state for his journalism career.
He was married to Lonna Sowers for 16 years.
Steve followed in his father’s footsteps by focusing on local news and investigative reporting, and was well known for his support of local businesses.
After the death of his father in 1982, Steve was named associate publisher/editor of the Rolla Daily News. His brother Jim was responsible for the business management and brother Tom led the advertising department.
The family business, Sowers Newspapers, Inc., also published the Fort Gateway Guide, St. James Leader, St. James Journal, Rolla Advertiser, Rolla Herald, Dixon Pilot, Richland Mirror and Pulaski County Democrat during Sowers’ years with the company.
Upon the sale of Sowers Newspapers, Inc. to American Publishing Co. in 1988, Sowers was named publisher and held that position until his retirement in 2007.
Noted for writing “The Local Scene” for over 40 years, readers looked forward to reading his column. Recognition in his column was sought after (as long as it was positive!) Sowers wasn’t afraid to take a strong stance on an issue and could inspire readers to take action.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W. Sowers and Alma Skerik Sowers.
He is survived by his wife, Lonna Sowers; brothers, Tom Sowers and wife Chris and Jim Sowers and wife Francine Merenghi; sons, Stephen Sowers and wife Linda, Seaver Sowers and wife Serena, Seth Sowers, Shayne Sowers and wife Amy and Sander Sowers; stepson, Zack Stephenson and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Stephen Sowers III, Olivia Sowers, Gabriela Sowers, Marcela Sowers, Tucker Sowers, Max Sowers, Mia Sowers, Ethan Stephenson, Nico Basel and Jamie Goodhart; great grandson, Ford Goodhart; nieces and nephews, Todd Nelson, Samantha Wallace, Kim Tanner, Tom Sowers II, Alyson Schoenfeldt; former wife (mother of his sons), Sheryl; former daughter-in-law, Meredith Sowers Koen; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla, Missouri.
Celebration of Life was held from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla, Missouri.