Franklin W. Bowles

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BARRE - Franklin Worthley Bowles, 79, of Perry Street, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after several weeks of failing health. His family was at his bedside.

Born June 12, 1934, in Woodsville, N.H., he was the son of Nelson C. and Helen (Worthley) Bowles. He graduated from Bradford Academy in 1952 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., in 1957. In 1968, he received his master's degree in anatomy from the University of Vermont in Burlington.

On July 4, 1964, he married Joanne F. Wilson at the First Baptist Church in Barre. Most of their married life had been spent in Barre City and at their present home since 1975.

In 1962, he joined the physical therapy staff at the former Barre City Hospital and later at the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin and had been head of the department for a time, retiring in 1996.

Gardening, sports activities of his children and grandchildren, his church activities, watching basketball games and student mentoring were very special interests.

Frank was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from Nov. 29, 1958, to Sept. 12, 1962, as a weapons control officer in Taiwan and was discharged as a first lieutenant.

He belonged to the New Life Assembly on Trow Hill and The Gideons International.

Besides his wife, Joanne, he leaves two daughters, Loriann Lajeunesse and her husband, Dan, of Barre City, and Pauline Retnarajan and her husband, Beadle, of Watertown, Mass.; and two sons, Nelson Bowles and his wife, Andri, of Long Island, N.Y., and Mathew Bowles and his wife, Aislinn, of Lyndonville; and eight grandchildren, Bala, Muskan, Imran, Stella, Nicholas, Wilson, Nyah and Simeon; and his sister, Joyce Pierson, and her husband, Robert, of Bradford; and nieces and nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Richard.

His life will be honored and celebrated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the New Life Assembly on Trow Hill.

Later interment will be made in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Friends may call at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 328, Barre, VT 05641.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Hooker & Whitcomb Funeral Home
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Published in Times Argus from July 20 to July 22, 2013
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