PEORIA - Eugene O. Bowker, Jr., age 84, of Peoria passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at Cornerstone Rehab and Healthcare in Peoria.
Born Nov. 19, 1929, in Peoria, he was a son to the late Gene and Louise Nightingale-Bowker.
He graduated Manual High School with the class of 1948. Afterward, Gene honorably served in the U.S. Army, where he fought in the Korean conflict, in which he was awarded a Purple Heart.
He married Garneida Look, and later, on May 29, 1975, he married Sarah Gregg in Pekin.
Gene worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier until his retirement after 40 years on March 3, 1988. He was later manager of Town & Country Bowl, and also worked as a driver for Uftring Auto Dealership.
Gene was a member of Our Saviors Chapel, and was considered a master rose grower.
He was a member of the Greater Peoria Bowling Association, where he was inducted into the Bowlers Hall of Fame. Gene was also an IBA board member, a member of Branch 31 Postal Union, a life member of the National Association of Federal Workers (NARF), and a life member of DAV & American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bowker; one daughter, Sandra (Brian) Young of Peoria; two stepsons: Eugene (Joy) N. Jordan of Bayfield, Wis., and Stanley (Teresa) Jordan of East Peoria; two sisters: Gloria (the late Don) Callahan of Dunlap and Marilyn (the late Duane) Quinn of Lithia, Fla.; five grandchildren: Khrystyne Zapushek, Peter Jordan, Paul Jordan, Jason Jordan and Matthew Jordan; four great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, one son, David, and one grandson, Jimmy.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 25, 2014, from 4 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 6 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, 2021 N. University St. in Peoria. Pastor Christopher Roland will officiate. A private burial will take place in Parkview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Gene's memory to the Peoria Big Brother & Big Sisters Bowling Program or the American Legion Post 2, for The Wounded Warriors Project.
Funeral arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, www.Davison-Fulton.com.