Raymond W. Bowen

SALEM — Raymond W. Bowen, 91, of Salem, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his home.

He was born the son of Charles Irvon and Matilda (Terry) Bowen on February 16, 1924. He married Bonnie Iris Palmer on June 9, 1945 in Springfield, Missouri.

picture-pubSurvivors include his wife, Bonnie Bowen; son Les Bowen of Homestead, Fla.; daughter Linda Haney and  husband Robert of Salem; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brothers Don Bowen of Texas, Roy Bowen of Kinmundy, and Larry Bowen and wife LaVon of Alma; sister Erma Peterson of Marietta, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bowen was preceded in death by his parents; sister Helen Moody; brothers Glen, Burl, Eldon, and Leo Bowen; and a daughter Connie Cox.

Mr. Bowen served in the Army Infantry in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a former owner and operator of a grocery store in Patoka, a prison guard in Potiac, and a former salesman of cars and farm machinery in Centralia. Mr. Bowen became a Christian preacher in 1960. He also was a part of mission trips in six different countries throughout the years.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Patoka Christian Church in Patoka. A service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Patoka Christian Church in Patoka.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015, with Brother Nathan Schnautz and Brother John Klockenga officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrison Cemetery, New Horizon Christian School, or the Patoka Christian Church.

Condolences and memories of Raymond may be shared with the family by visiting daymaczfuneralhomes.com or the funeral home’s Facebook page. Day Macz Funeral Homes in Patoka is in charge of services.