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Charles William “Bill” Bowman went to be with his Lord at 5:03 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at his home. Bill was born April 11, 1926, at Reddington, IN, to Charles F. “Speck” Bowman and Goldie Alice Rachel Helt Bowman. He graduated from Shields High School in 1944 and shortly after was drafted into the United States Army, serving in World War II as a postal clerk and truck driver from 1945 until the “unconditional surrender of the Axis Powers” in 1947. On September 10, 1950, he married his sweetheart, Emmylou Baldwin at Reddington Christian Church. They built their home and farmed their land near Brown’s Corner in Scipio, Jennings County, IN. Bill co-owned and operated a sawmill on the Jackson-Jennings County line and was a Peets Feeds salesman for 26 years. For twelve years during the 60’s and early 70’s, Mr. Bowman drove a Scipio school bus route for Jennings County Schools. He was a former Geneva Township Trustee and a Jennings County Council member.
Bill was a member of the Reddington Christian Church where he was a Sunday school perfect attendance award recipient, a member of the RCC Men’s Quartet and an elder for over 30 years. He most recently attended Hayden Baptist Church. He was a former Happy Harvesters and Geneva Jets 4-H Club leader and until recently sang as a baritone with the Mello Tones Barbershop Chorus. Bill loved spending time with his family, singing, carpentry, gardening and fishing. He lived by the Golden Rule and would give a person the shirt off his back.
Besides his wife, Mr. Bowman is survived by his children, Roger (Lisa) Bowman of Hayden, Barbara Kay (Ron) Bloemer of North Vernon, and Sandy (Glen) Nay of Reddington; grandchildren, Renee Dolphin of Sherwood, OR, Anne Galyen, Elise Allen and Andy Bowman of North Vernon, Michael Bowman of Commiskey, Tyler Nay of Reddington, Sarah Day of Batesville, and Deidre Wagster of Bloomington, IN; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, James Bowman; sisters, Irene Montgomery, Shirley Sandefur and Jennie Lutes; several nieces and nephews; and many friends and neighbors who loved him very much.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patricia Jane; a brother, Dewey Dean;and sisters, Glenna Baldwin, Bonnie Daily, Rosa Nadine and Donna Rae.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 30, at Burkholder Funeral Chapel in Seymour with Brothers Bill Weaver and Mark Sorrells officiating. Burial will take place at Reddington Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Seymour American Legion Post No. 89, V.F.W. Post No. 1925, D.A.V. Post No. 47 and Vietnam Veterans No.7. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 29, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service on Friday at the funeral home
Memorial contributions may be made to Schneck Medical Center Hospice, Reddington Cemetery or the donor’s choice of charities.
You can light a candle for Bill at www.burkholderfuneralchapel.com.