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Wayne Eugene Bowen, 90, of 418 Vernon St. died August 19, 2017 at his home.
He was born April 3, 1927 in Boone, IA to Lowell and Mattie Handy Bowen. He married Arlene M. Redmon January 7, 1950. She preceded him in death September 21, 1993.
A resident of Ottumwa all of his life, he graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1945 and graduated from Iowa Success School. Wayne served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and traveled on the Central Iowa Honor Flight in 2009. He drove a truck for Wonder Bread for a short time, worked 17 years for the Burlington Northern Railroad and 17 years for the U.S. Postal Service from where he retired.
He was a member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and especially the Chicago Cubs.
Surviving is a son, Randy Wayne (Barbara) Bowen of Ottumwa; two daughters, Linda Kay (Terry) Troutfetter and Rhonda Renee (Travis) Reeves all of Ottumwa; 6 grandchildren, Travis Bowen, Brandy Bowen, Theron Troutfetter, Terrah Sellers, Amy Schlotter and Laura Webster; 13 great grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; two brothers, Warren (Helen) Bowen of San Antonio, TX and Clyde "Laverne" Bowen of Ottumwa.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia L. Bowen; his parents and a brother, Fred D. "Whitey" Bowen; and a sister, Ruth McMasters.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Schlotter officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society, PO Box 1150 Ottumwa, IA 52501.
Published on August 21, 2017
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