Frank Bowling Jr.
1933 - 2020
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Frank Bowling Jr.

Scottsdale - Frank Bowling Jr.

Shed his wings and passed away peacefully in Scottsdale, AZ December 30th, 2020. Born in Chicago, Ill November 7th, 1933 to Frank Sr and Opal Bowling. Frank was known to always have a tennis ball or baseball in his hands or back pocket to throw against the walls on walks home on the Southside of Chicago. As a child he played with his cousins Bill, Bette, Don and Nelson. He loved baseball and enjoyed listening to Cubs games on the radio with his dad.. He was an athlete in high school where he played a variety of sports. In the early 1950s, Frank attended Arizona State University or Arizona College during the pivotal years the university was transitioning from a state college to the second university in Arizona and now today, one of the leading college institutions in America. He played baseball at ASU and tried out for the MLB team San Francisco Giants. Frank is a United States Air Force Veteran. He was also a proud member of Local 469 Pipefitters Union and spoke highly of them during his tenure and into retirement. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Jan Bowling, his son Matt and daughter in law Karen, his son Glen and daughter in law Tia, grandchildren Matthew and Nicholas, Avery and Evalyn. Frank was a man always quick with a joke or a great story, loved his family and loved playing and watching sports. His Cubs finally won a World Series in 2016 something he and his dad waited almost a lifetime for them to achieve. Frank will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral Services will be held at Green Acres Mortuary, Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 2pm. 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 85257. Livestream services available at:

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Frank was an extraordinary, master story-teller of all times. His intricate and vivid description of any anecdote magically transformed me to the exact place and time to envelope me in his familiarity of any experience. Frank was sensational at instigating laughter at any moment. He had remarkable enthusiasm and demonstration of unconditional love toward all. He gladdened everyone’s lives. Frank’s laughter was truly genuine planting the seed of merriment to all in hearing distance.
Frank has phenomenal timing when announcing his arrival at Glen’s and Tia’s house at Birthday and Holiday Dinners - specifically to catch me at my seemingly designated station. Thanksgiving Frank proclaimed, “I never have to look for you. I can always find you at the kitchen sink!” Frank titled me his football buddy after our joint commentary of the Thanksgiving Football Games. When discussing the Super Bowls, I shared that the best Super Bowl will be between the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals. There was that Frank chuckle with the shrug of “maybe”. Frank then glimpsed the possibility! After all, the Cubs became World Champions!
Frank is an awesome Soul! Although the temple of Frank’s soul is sleeping, his voice, aura, energy and memory will forever remain in our hearts.
January 12, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
January 11, 2021
I had the great pleasure of meeting Frank shortly before my much, much, much :) older sister Tia married his son Glen. I felt welcomed by both Frank and Jan. I was very happy to know he was able to live to see the Cubs win a World Series due to him being a die hard fan. To his family look back over his life and celebrate everything he accomplished (living 87 years he accomplished a lot). Frank was a kind gentle man who cared deeply for his wife and family. He may have moved on but he will live on in everyone who knew him in their hearts and minds. To Jan, "death cannot kill what never dies: LOVE." May the gentle kind soul known as Frank Bowling Jr. rest in peace.
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