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Daryl Kelsey Bowman


05/13/1947 - 09/25/2014 Obituary
Daryl Kelsey Bowman Obituary
A "Celebration of Life" for Daryl will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Woody Community Hall, 29001 Woody Road in Woody, California at 11:00a.m. Pastor Bruce Hatton will officiate the celebration. The family invites you to come and celebrate Daryl's life.
Daryl was born to Clarence and Odessa Bowman of McFarland at Miss Friese's Maternity Home in Bakersfield. He was raised and educated in McFarland developing lifelong friendships with his classmates one of whom shared, "Everyone on campus liked him. His kindness showed in his eyes. He had a unique bond with his friends and classmates... he knew them his entire life. He was sweet and respectful and made us laugh. He was a sports kinda guy and played varsity in every sport. Oh, so many sweet and precious memories. How blessed we all were to know him." Daryl loved to attended High school reunions, catching up on the lives of his school friends.
Daryl was a Viet Name Veteran, serving honorably from February 16, 1967 through November 22, 1968. Upon his return, Daryl set out to see the world, traveling across the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala before ending up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was here he met his best friend, life partner and wife of 32 years, Carol. Returning to the states in 1983 he worked several jobs including fork lift driver, head injury rehab specialist and bar and restaurant owner before settling into his 18 year career with the US Postal Services. In 2007 he was named the Woody Post Master and until his recent illness never missed a day of work. He loved his job and the people and community of Woody. Daryl also treasured his 18 years serving on the Blake School Board of Trustees and thoroughly enjoyed attending all school activities. Although Daryl lost his battle with lung cancer he never lost his love for life, family and friends, always looking to a future that included all. He is at peace.
Darly is survived by his wife, Carol, sister Beverly Bowman and sister-in-law Karen Sattergren, sister Janice and husband Ken Graves, niece Teri Menasco, great nieces Jessica and Amanda and great-great niece Marley, father-in-law Barry Dewar and wife Ruth, brother-in-law Barry Dewar and wife Rose, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family would like to thank the dedicated and caring staff at CBCC, the Bakersfield Heart Hospital, Health South Rehabilitation and Rosewood Skilled Nursing Facility for their excellent care of Daryl.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2014
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