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Rev. Donald Stephen Bowman of Tempe, Arizona, died peacefully on October 1st, 2016. He was 91. Don was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on September 28, 1925; grew up in Lakewood, Ohio and attended Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio. At age 17, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army, and after completing basic training, was shipped to England along with thousands of other soldiers in the wake of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. A member of the 106th Division, he was captured by German forces during the Battle of the Bulge on December 19, 1944, and spent the remainder of the war in Stalag IVB near Halle, Germany. After the war, Don attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in civil transportation engineering. In the summer of 1946, Don met Constance Halderson and in June of 1948, they were married in the bride's hometown of Medina, Ohio. Don began a career with the truck leasing division of Shell Oil, which took the family to Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1956, Don and Connie answered a call to join the ministry while attending Irvington United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Don enrolled in Garrett Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree. His ministry with the United Methodist Church took the family to several churches in northern Indiana - including Pine Village, Rainesville, Brookston, Flora, Miller (Gary), Yorktown, Culver, and Rochester. They spent their retirement years in Phoenix, Arizona. Don loved history and travel, was an avid photographer, writer, and was especially fond of all things aviation. Many of the parsonages the family lived in were transformed by his remodeling skills. He loved animals - especially the family dogs and cats. Don Bowman was a kind and gentle spirit, forged in the horror of war; who spent his life in the pursuit of peace. He was preceded in death by his father Brice Bowman; mother Esther Wolfe Bowman; brother Brice Maynard Bowman; and wife of 58 years Constance Halderson Bowman. He is survived by his sister Marcia (Bill) Hermannsfeldt of Los Altos, CA; daughter Bethanne (Jim) Keen of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter Melanie Nicholson (Daniel Berthold) of Rhinebeck, NY; son: Brice (Teresa) Bowman of Indianapolis, IN; daughter: Holly (Steven) Goldstein of Scottsdale, AZ.; and four grandsons: Spenser Keen of Los Angeles, CA; Isaac Nicholson of Los Angeles, CA; Zachary Bowman of Indianapolis, IN; and Griffin Goldstein of Scottsdale, AZ. Memorials may be made to: The (www.alz.org/donate), The Southern Poverty Law Center (www.splcenter.org/donate), or The United Methodist Church (www.umcgiving.org).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 20, 2016
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