Paul K. Gower, 89, of Auburn, died Sunday June 14, 2020 at Auburn Village Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Auburn. Paul was born July 11, 1930 in Oberlin, Ohio, a son of the late Herman and Zella Gower. Paul spent many years working in the retail business starting his career at W.T. Grant Department Stores and then at the Ben Franklin Store in Zionsville. He then opened Gower’s 5 and Dime Stores in Auburn, Albion and Fremont for many years before opening Big Red Sports in 1987 until his retirement in 2007. Paul enjoyed baseball, and especially watching his grandchildren play along with being a fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns. He is survived by his wife Jayne Gower of Auburn; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Wendy Gower of Huntington, Gary and Angie Gower of Butler, and Michael Gower of Celina, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Mike Wickersham of Middlebury ; daughter-in-law, Marybeth Gower of Darrington, Washington; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Jeffrey Gower; great-grandchild, Saren Gower; two sisters; and two brothers. A funeral service for Paul will be held 4 p.m. Thursday with visitation two hours prior from 2-4 p.m. at Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services 502 N. Main Street, Auburn. Thomas Cupka will be officiating. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society. To sign the online guest book, visit www.pinningtonfh.com.
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