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Obituary: Lew English Sr.

Published: February 7, 2012
Lew English Sr., 93, co-founder of Bowser Manufacturing Company, died Feb. 3, 2012.

A message from the company said “Lew was the inspiration for what is now the Bowser Manufacturing Company of Montoursville, Pa. He was one of the pioneers in the model train business.”

In 1961, Lew and his wife, Shirlee, began the business in the basement of their home in Muncy, Pa., after they purchased the name and several steam engine kits from Bill Bowser in Redlands, Calif. Lew is a member of the Model Railroading Industry Hall of Fame.

Bowser Manufacturing will continue under the direction of current CEO Lee K. English.