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William LaDale Bowman, 81, of Chester, passed away Jan. 29, 2014, in Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg.
Mr. Bowman was born July 3, 1932, in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of William Earl and Zina Campbell Bowman. He grew up and attended school in Idaho and graduated from Sugar-Salem High School. While in high school, he was active in the band, playing the tuba. He attended Merced College in California, where he received an associated arts degree.
He married Wilma Jeanne Williams on Jan. 16, 1952, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. William served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and served time in Korean War. He was honorably discharged. He and Wilma made their home in Merced, where William worked for the Merced Fire Department. After his retirement in l988, they moved to Chester where they have lived since.
He was active in the LDS Church. He and is wife served stake missions both in California and Idaho. They also served as temple officiators in the Idaho Falls Temple. William enjoyed camping, fishing, musical instruments and old cars.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of Chester; children, Eric (Carmen) Bowman, of Topeka, Kan.; David (Sabrina) Bowman, of Chester, Ill.; LuAnn Bowman, of Rexburg, Idaho; Kevin (Lynette) Bowman, of Santaquin, Utah; one sister, Shirley (Bruce) Hilton, of Saratoga, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Delynn Bowman; one sister, Donna Wellard and brothers, Gail, Edward, Keith and two babies.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Ashton LDS Stake Center with Bishop Michael McDonald of the Chester Ward officiating. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony on Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in the Chester Cemetery, where military rites will be performed by the St. Anthony VFW and American Legion. Condolences may be sent to www.bidwellfuneralhome.com.
Bidwell Funeral Home
555 East Yellowstone Highway
St. Anthony, ID 83445
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Feb. 1, 2014