Tech. Sgt. Jason Mower

Tech. Sgt. Jason Mower, 29, drown Saturday, June 15, 2013, as the result of a canoeing accident. He was stationed at Minot Air Force Base as a member of the 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

He was born April 28, 1984, in Fort Knox, Ky., to Phyllis Mower. Sergeant Mower joined the Air Force at the age of 17 after graduating in 2002 from Douglas High School in Box Elder, S.D. He was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol since the age of 12 and was also a member of the Junior ROTC program throughout high school. Jason married Dixie Greenfield on May 20, 2005, in Sturgis, S.D.

Sergeant Mower was previously stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. He deployed several times in support of contingency operations around the world. Sergeant Mower was recognized many times for outstanding and meritorious service to his country; recently, he was recognized for heroism after providing first aid at a horrific traffic accident.

Sergeant Mower loved life; he spent his time hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by: his wife, Dixie Mower, and daughter, Josephine Kelly, both of Minot; father and mother, Shawn and Phyllis Anderson, of Saint Paris, Ohio; twin sister, Jody Degen, of Alexandria, S.D.; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Rosanne Anderson, of Youngstown, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Enoch and Irene LeLacheur.

Visitation with the family present: Will be today, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche, S.D.

Funeral services: Will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Del Neumeister officiating.

Burial: Will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, with military honors provided by the Ellsworth AFB Honor Guard.

Memorials: A memorial has been established to the Airman and Family Readiness Center in Minot.

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Local arrangements by Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.