- July 2, 1921 - January 5, 2013
- New Buffalo, Michigan
of Albert's Passing
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“I never wanted to write a memorial for the first man in my life; yet sadly, that day has come. In all the chaos surrounding his last days and the...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Bowen Gill - The Villages, FL
“We will sure miss him. Fay and family we are both sorry we missed his services and would have been there had we known. We have been blessed with...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Larry and Shirley Hamilton - IN
“Mrs. Bowen, Judy, Bob, Steve, Denise, Tim, and Anne, our deepest and hearfelt condolences on the passing of your father, grandfather, great...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Keith Carlson and Family - MI
“An Eternal Memory-Until We Meet Again-
Those special memories of you
Will always bring a smile
If only I could have you back
For just a little...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Paula Mulder-Stovall - Kalamazoo, MI
“So very sorry to read about Al passing tonight. We enjoyed many of Al's stories over the many years at the bowling alleys. He so loved the game. ...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jack and Clareann DeTomasi - MI
“It was a pleasure to get to know Al & Fay through cruises and family get-togethers! In fact, we got to see him this past summer at the Bowen family...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Dennis & Kay Marchand - Plainwell, MI
“Thought and prayers to all the family. Al was a very nice man. We remember bowling with Faye and him in mixed doubles.
7 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy and Roman Idkowiak
“Faye and family,
Family quilts are made with many pieces. Faye and Al have always welcomed us as part of the family even though we are only blood...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Kimberly Covert Krametbauer - MI
“Fay and family!
The Bruce family would like to say we are sorry for your loss!
Al was a great guy! when my dad (Bud Bruce) was sick he made a...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: judy bruce - miichigan city, IN
“Fay and family,
Al was aleays a happy go lucky man, and so much fun to bowl with him and Fay. Our thoughts are with you and the family.
Bill and...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Bill and Dianne Kirk - Three Oaks, MI
“To the Bowen Family may your dad rest in peace as he is in a much greater place than we all are. Steve we met back in the early 90"s. Your wife Darla...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Christy Stevens - San Antonio , TX
“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.Love Dana & Gus
12 of 16 | Posted by: Dana Bowen Tallo - Steeleville, IL
“So sorry to hear about Al's passing. He lived a full and long life. You have lots of fond memories to cherish forever. Will keep you in our thoughts...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Earl and Pat Pahl - Bradenton, FL
“Dear Fay and family, My thoughts and prayers go with you. I was so sorry to hear of Al's passing. I know you will miss him a lot. It does get...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Truhn - Inverness, FL
“To Renee and Tim, Although I never had the pleasure of knowing your father, I would like to express my sympathy to you and your family. After...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Diane Papineau - Trail Creek, IN
“I've only seen Al at family celebrations, but I do know how much he was loved by my brother and his son-in-law, Paul, who loved to share Al's stories...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Anne Marie Diambri - Libertyville, IL
Albert Bowen, 91, of New Buffalo, Michigan, died at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Arrangements have been entrusted with Sommerfeld Chapel of New Buffalo.
Albert was born July 2, 1921, in Royalton, Illinois, to parents Ira Hinkle and Robert Bowen. His brothers John and Ted Bowen and Frank and Bill Lutton, as well his sister Bernice Schottmuller, all preceded him in death. A sister Corine Joffreys in Illinois is still living. Al's bride Fay Jones Bowen and he celebrated an amazing 57 years of marriage the 7th of January. Al has 6 children, 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, their spouses, nieces, nephews, in-laws who all adore him.
His curly white-blonde hair as a child turned a wavy darker blonde before marrying Cecil Covert and going in the service. From this thirteen year union Al had two children, a daughter Judy Bowen Gill of The Villages, Florida, and Bob Bowen of New Buffalo. Al was a proud member of the U.S. Navy and served in WWII as a Gunner's Mate on the S/S Barton, one of the only surviving destroyers in his fleet by the time the war came to an end. A passionate story teller, his family and friends heard dozens of war memories and could almost feel the sway of sleeping on a hammock on that Destroyer in the middle of the ocean. Al came home from the service at a time when jobs were snapped up by returning service men. After a time, he went to cosmetology school to work in the beauty shop in Union Pier that he and his wife Cecil owned. But ultimately he found his true talent niche when he began painting and perfecting his skills, apprenticing with other painters and decorating firms until he opened the successful Bowen's Painting and Decorating.
In 1956 Al married Fay Jones Bowen and lived in New Buffalo where they had four children: two daughters, Denise Jones James of Inverness, Florida, and Anne Bowen Vicari of Crete, Illinois, and two sons, Steve and Tim Bowen of New Buffalo.
Al loved big band music and jazz. He was known to sing often to and with his children; one of their favorites is "You Are My Sunshine." Al was an avid reader and a good cook, noted for his prize winning chili. Al and Fay traveled a good bit in later life and made beautiful memories. His passion was for bowling, often 4-5 times a week up until his 90th year. Six words that come quickly to mind to his family when describing Al: strength, hardworking, colorful, humor, integrity, and loving.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Sommerfeld Chapel of New Buffalo, Michigan, on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Brad Bartelmay officiating. Visitation will precede the service from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Hospice. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at www.sommerfeldchapel.com