William D. Bowden, 82, of Larksville, formerly of the heights section of Wilkes-Barre, was received into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late John and Theresa Kreller Bowden. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Vincent's High School (Plymouth), where he enjoyed playing basketball. He was also a member of the St. Vincent's Alumni Association. Prior to his retirement in 2002, William was a dedicated insurance agent with Metropolitan Life for 51 years. While employed, he was president of the union as well as a Union delegate on behalf of his fellow coworkers, and awarded several accolades for outstanding performance. He was an avid fisherman and hunter as well as a faithful Notre Dame fan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, the former Audrey M. Turner, in 2005; brothers, John Bowden, Texas; George Bowden, Erie; Harry Bowden, Dover N.J.; sisters, Mary Muscavage and Margaret Skvarla, both of Plymouth.
He is survived by his fiancee, Jo Latoszewski, Larksville; loving children, son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Patricia Erickson, Virginia Beach, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Emma Erickson, Wilkes-Barre Township; daughter, Lisa Gadomski and partner, Robert Rowlands, Plains Township; son and daughter-in-law, William D. "Bucky" Bowden Jr. and Maria Bowden, Slocum Township; son-in-law and daughter, Dr. David and Kelly Maharty, Williamsburg, Va. He is also survived by daughters Nancy Winnicki, Scranton; Karen Duncan and husband, Dale, Michigan; and Cindy Van Auken and husband, Charles, Chespeake, Va.; his precious grandchildren, Marty and John Erickson, Virginia Beach, Va.; Melissa Erickson, Lenny and Gary Leco, Frank Gadomski Jr., Michael and Matthew Gadomski, all of Wilkes-Barre Township; Evan and Andrew Bowden, Slocum Township; Morgan, Madison and Maleah Maharty, Williamsburg, Va.; Lisa Newendorff, Michigan; Matthew Winnicki, Ohio; Matthew Duncan, Michigan; Michael Duncan, Texas; Cameron and Jordan Van Auken, Virginia; and several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. He will be laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre.