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Ralph Bowman


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Bowman, Ralph
1926 - 2018
Ralph Finnis Bowman, passed away August 6, 2018. Born June 11, 1926 to the late George Willard Bowman and Gertrude Helen Bowman (neé Jackson) of Columbus, Ohio. He was the middle of five children: George Jr., J. Melvin, O. Wendell, and Dorothy. Ralph graduated from Central High School in 1944, married Helen Louise Fuller on March 27, 1960. They remained married until her death in December 7, 2001. Ralph was a longtime member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, son and namesake Ralph Jr. and his siblings George, Melvin and Dorothy. He is survived by daughter, Sharon (husband, Martin George); and son, Ronald (wife, Aretha); three grandchildren, Donald, Brittany, and Sierra; two great grandchildren, Dezmond and Jayla; brother, Wendell; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. Ralph worked as a laborer for the railroad until around 1959 or 60, when he joined the U. S. Postal Service. He later took a second job as a janitor with the Columbus Public Schools. He retired proudly from both USPS and CPS. He always encouraged a career in the USPS, where he had many friends; it was (and is) a family tradition to serve. In retirement (and even before), he enjoyed his hobbies. He loved camping, often towing a trailer out to a local campground for a weekend of nature watching. Ralph was happy to get in the car and drive all over the State, or down to Florida, just to see what he could see. He also enjoyed model railroading, collecting train sizes from HO to Z-gauge. He was a founding member of the Central Ohio N-Trak, a model railroading club. Ralph was also a member of the Masons for several years. Ralph also loved people-watching, and even better, socializing. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, at any time. When he was in a good mood, he had a ready laugh, and offered an opinion on just about everything (and a few good-hearted insults to boot). When he was in a really good mood, he would start singing. Of course, he also knew everything, and would not hesitate to say so, much to the consternation of the rest of the world! Ralph also loved, loved, loved The Ohio State University, which he attended for a year or two. He was convinced OSU was the only decent university in the Free World, and hardly ever missed a televised OSU football or basketball game. Visitation will be held Friday, August 10, from 9:30 am until the time of funeral service at 11:30 am at the Macedonia Baptist Church, 492 Oakwood Ave., Columbus. Interment Fernwood Cemetery. Arrangements Entrusted to O. R. Woodyard South Chapel.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 9, 2018
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