Richard Alan Bowen, 78, of rural Wren passed away at 11:30 a.m., Sunday at Hearth & Home in Van Wert.
He was born on June 6, 1942, in Celina, Ohio the son of the late Herman Gayle and Ida Emma (Schaadt) Bowen. On July 20, 1963, he married the former Jill Lee (Moser) Bowen at St. Paul’s Church in America.
He is survived by his wife Jill; his son, Michael L. and daughter-in-law Jennifer Bowen; and two brothers, Frank (Cheryl) Bowen of Ohio City and Stephen (Jane) Bowen of Rockford. His greatest sources of joy were his granddaughters, Hannah, Emma and Elizabeth Bowen.
Besides his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his son Ric Bowen and brother, Robert Eugene Bowen.
After graduating from Wren High School, Dick joined the United States Navy and served on the destroyer the U.S.S. Richard B. Anderson. After his naval service, Dick and Jill moved back to the area and in 1973 he settled on the family farm in Willshire Township. He would spend the rest of his life farming. Dick was a member of St. Paul’s Reformed Church in America where he served in several different offices. Dick enjoyed his family, farming and riding his Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 1, 2021. At St. Paul’s Reformed Church in American, 6077 German Church Road, Ohio City, OH 45874. Calling hours will be prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Evangelical Protestant Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the combined honor guard of the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts of Van Wert. The family asks that you abide by Covid protocols by wearing masks.
Preferred memorials are to the Wren Fire and E.M.S. or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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