2008-09-06 / Obituaries

William K. Bowman

A memorial service for William K. Bowman, 82, of Heath, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. John's United Church, 285 W. National Drive, Newark, with the Rev. Nancy Millwater officiating. Private entombment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, where military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Mr. Bowman died Sept. 1, 2008, at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born June 26, 1926, in Granville, to the late Ray E. and Mildred (Jones) Bowman. Following his graduation from Granville High School in 1944, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Once he returned from his duties, he was later employed by the Licking Gate Company, Pure Oil Refinery and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1991.

Bill was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Newark Maennerchor and the Newark Model Aeronautics Club. He was a devoted Christian and an avid reader of the Bible. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including golfing and boating and pursued his interest with music by playing the guitar, hammered dulcimer and trumpet. But, most of all, we remember the love that he had for his wife, Margaret, and all of us in his family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret (Gosselin) Bowman; three children, Jeffery (Debra) Bowman, of Newark, Joseph (Garnet) Bowman, of Newark, and Barbara (Geoffery) Ridenour, of Marysville; a sister, Betty (Bowman) Conner, of Punxsutawney, Pa.; brother, Frank (Meri) Bowman, of Springfield; and stepchildren, John (Susan) Gosselin, of New York, Shawn (Erica) Gosselin, of Newark, and Amy (Chris) Colvill, of Medina. He is also truly missed by his grandchildren, Brian Bowman, Stacy (Trent) Snow, Sarah (Brandon) Meuse, Kelly (Robert) Smeigh, Matthew Bowman, Nicki Ridenour, Carly Colvill, Rachel Gosselin, Sarah Gosselin and Jacob Toole; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew Bowman, Ethan Strohacker and Jacob Snow.

Bill was a selfless individual who contributed to the lives of all he came into contact with. As a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather and friend, he will be truly missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol (Binger) Bowman.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 N. Fifth St.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, OH 43055, or The American Heart Association.

An online guest book and memorial is available at www. hendersonvanatta.com.

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