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BOWMAN, Kenneth O. almost 94, died Saturday, December 11, 2010 at home in New Carlisle, Ohio. With Dennis Landes, he started Bowman and Landes Turkey Farm in 1948, which their families continue to operate. For over 50 years, Kenneth was an agricultural innovator, early pioneer of soil and water conservation, early adopter of minimum and no till methods and rural electrification, and was instrumental in the development of new turkey products. He was a leader in several poultry industry associations, Farm Bureau, and served on Ohio Research and Development Council through Ohio State University. A community-minded man, Kenneth helped found and lead the Bethel Community Civic Association, the Bethel High School Scholarship Committee, Heart Association Drive, the Miami County Park board and several Miami County Parks, including Charleston Falls, where he played as a youth. He organized and raised support to bring Russian Youth to Ohio on a cultural exchange. A long-time Sertoman, he received recognition for service and leadership, culminating in receipt of the International Sertoman of theYear Award in 1992 and the Ohio's Sertoma Hall of Fame Award in 1998. A lifelong member and leader of the West Charleston Church of the Brethren, Ken served as teacher, deacon, moderator and school superintendent; and served as President 7 of the 13 years on the Board of Directors of the Brethrens Home retirement facility in Greenville, Ohio, and served on the Miami Valley Children Home Services Board. Born December 13, 1916 at his current residence, he was predeceased by parents David Lee Bowman and Emma Boone Bowman and older siblings Orville and Ruth Bowman. He went to Bethel High School K-12, where he played basketball, drove a school bus, and served on the Board of Education for 16 years. He married Fairy Alberta Scott, November 2, 1941 in Logansport, Indiana, who survives him and resides at home at 6410 Ross Road, New Carlisle, Ohio. He is also survived by children Sandra K. (Bowman) Ark Dunham and spouse Daniel D. Dunham; Carl D. Bowman and spouse Mary K. Bowman; Anita J. (Bowman) Hamber and spouse David R. Hamber; JoAnn Bowman (Moyer) and spouse Bruce L. Moyer; along with grandchildren Raquel Ark Studenbaeker and husband Olaf; Lorelei Ark; Adam and Andrew Bowman; Matthew and Jonathan Hamber; Ashley Moyer Price and husband Matthew; Brittany Moyer; step-grandchildren William and Helen Hamber; great-grandchildren Luke Studenbaeker; and Hannah, Samuel and Benjamin Hamber. Kenneth first worked for Nate's Clothing Store in Dayton, Ohio; and served during WWII in the Civilian Conservation Corps for 2 years surveying the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was an avid aviator, golfer, world traveler and photographer. He was devoted to his wife and family, who all remember him as an energetic, loving, persuasive, charismatic, non-judgemental, reconciling, task-oriented leader in the family and community. We celebrate all that he accomplished to make to make our lives and the world a better place! Visitation will be held on 4-7 PM Friday, December 17, 2010 TROSTEL, CHAPMAN, DUNBAR & FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, 507 W. Jefferson Street, New Carlisle, Ohio, 45344. A Memorial Celebration Service is scheduled for 11 AM Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the new West Charleston Church of the Brethren, 4817 State Route 202, Tipp City, Ohio, 45371. Memorial donations may go to the West Charleston Church of the Brethren new building fund at the above address, or to the Tipp City Community Foundation fund for Bethel Township, PO Box 626, Tipp City, Ohio 45371. A Bald Eagle was spotted on Bowman farm property near the time of Kenneth's death. May this beloved man mount up with wings as eagles and soar to the majestic heavens! Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.trostelchapman.com

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Published in Dayton Daily News on Dec. 14, 2010
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