MARION - Ed Bowles, 72, passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home.
He was born April 11, 1941, in Sunfield, the son of Robert and Eva (Short) Bowles.
Ed was a 1959 graduate of Harrisburg Township High School in Harrisburg. After college, at the age of age 23, Ed began working at Southern Illinois Power Cooperative on Lake of Egypt in 1964. He remained working for SIPC for the nearly 43 years until his retirement in early 2007, as Superintendent of Operations.
He was united in marriage to Betty (Absher) Fox in 1994, in Townsend, Tenn., in the Smokey Mountains. Together, they shared 18 plus years of a loving marriage.
Ed was of Protestant faith and loved his Lord. He will be remembered as a devoted, loving husband, and as Bud or Buddy to his family and childhood friends. He loved his job and had an exceptional work ethic, highly thought of by his co-workers. Ed had a great sense of humor, was a great neighbor, loved his yard and outdoors and had a love for his pets. His kindness was extended to all and he loved taking care of people that had a need. Ed was a man of small stature. However, his presence was heads above most men. He will be greatly missed by all and the many memories that have been created will be treasured by those he now leaves behind.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Absher) Bowles of Marion; son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Sheila Bowles of Marion; stepson, Colonel Kevin Fox, USAF, and wife, Linda, stationed in Germany; three grandchildren, Dalton Bowles of Marion, Emilee Bowles of Marion and Tyler and (Jaela Doss) Bowles of Crab Orchard; great-granddaughter, Rilee Bowles of Crab Orchard; brother and sister-in-law, David and Jane Bowles of Pittsboro, Ind.; niece, Frost Corbitt and family of Tunnel Hill; nephew, Zeb Bowles and family of Ozark; and other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements for Edward Bowles have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home at 900 N. Court St. in Marion. Visitation for family and friends will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the funeral home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with Kevin Murphy and Mike Murphy presenting the eulogy and the Rev. Kenneth Blumenstock officiating. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to either Gum Drops (An organization dedicated to providing food for at-risk children in Southern Illinois) or MPN (The Myeloproliferative Neoplasm) Research Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959.
For additional information, or to leave an online Condolence of Memory or light a Candle of Memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com