Norman R. Bowles
1930 - 2020
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Norman R. Bowles, 90, passed away at home on October 17, 2020, due to failing health.

He was born in Easton, NH, he is the son of the late Melvin and Ida Mae (Webber) Bowles.

Norman graduated from Dow Academy in 1947. In 1949, he graduated from the Thompson School of Applied Science and moved to Loudon where he began his farming career with Leonard Hill, forming Hill-Bow Farm. Norman was drafted into the US Army, serving as a field medic in the Korean War during '51-'52 and was honorably discharged in 1960. Upon returning home, Norman worked for the NH DOT Dept out of Canterbury. In June of '54 he also served Loudon as the Constable (Police Chief), ending his tenure in March of 1964. He and Arthur Colby were the first state certified police officers in Loudon, with Bob Fiske and Carolyn Fiske running dispatch.

Throughout his lifetime, Norman worked at several local farms - milking cows for Bob Hibbard, Arnold Storrs, Emerson Moore and delivering eggs for Wilson Smith. Being the hard worker he always was, most summers he was also found helping other farmers with their crops.

Norman wore many hats - a 4-H leader for the Sunset 4-H Club, a Loudon FD Volunteer, a logger for Moore and Page Lumber Co., school bus driver, truck driver for the Country Auction House, President and head maintenance of the Loudon Centre Cemetery, and a crop field worker for Forst Farm of Gilmanton and Mist Meadow Farm in Putney, Vt. Norman retired at the age of 80 after spending many years as manager of the Canterbury Transfer Station. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Grange and also a member of the Farm Bureau and S.P.A.C.E.

Norman is predeceased by his wife, Alma J., of 52 years and a son, Donald Bowles. He leaves behind three sons - Dan Bowles of Littleton, David Bowles and Dustin Bowles of Loudon, two daughters - Debra Bowles of Stoddard and Diane Bullock of Loudon as well as six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two other "daughters" - Linda Bowles of Loudon and Patricia Smith of Whitefield and Cindy Merrill, his newest "daughter" of 16 years, whom he enjoyed many visits with.

ARRANGEMENTS: Norman's Graveside Service will be held in the Loudon Centre Cemetery on Sunday Oct 25, at 1:00P.M., with a gathering at the Town Hall following his service. Beverages will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a light snack, should wear a face mask and respect social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, PO Box 1797, Concord 03302-1797. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of NH, Boscawen. To view Norman's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit

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Published in Concord Montior on Oct. 19, 2020.
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October 29, 2020
To the Bowles family- I just wish to extend my sympathy. We've lost a true Yankee and a honest and hard working man. You gave him a nice service that was a good testimony to his life.
May God be with you in a special way at this time of loss.- John Porter

John Porter
October 25, 2020
Norm couldn't throw bails one-handed over the cab of a truck in recent years. But we enjoyed seeing him on Dusty's tractor haying our fields. He was a great neighbor and we'll miss him.
Jim Polley & Judy Merrow
October 23, 2020
Norm was such a class act. I always enjoyed our Saturday morning conversations. He loved talking about his family. It seemed he could fix or recycle anything. Our condolences to his family.
Art & Carol Landry
October 22, 2020
To the Bowles Family,

We are so saddened to hear of Norm's passing. I enjoyed visiting and reminiscing about mutual farm friends with him while I was working at NRRA. It is apparent that throughout his life he surely gave of himself and local communities benefited from his knowledge and kindness. He will be remembered fondly.
Earl and Marilyn Weir
October 19, 2020
Dad, words come hard amidst memories. yes, you were a hard worker, taught us the value of survival, work, family. i was 3 months old when you came home from the service and you were always there for me through the years. don truly loved the lunches you ma
Dad, words come hard amidst memories. yes, you were a hard worker, taught us the value of survival, work, family. i was 3 months old when you came home from the service and you were always there for me through the years. don truly loved the lunches you made for him when we'd come and spend time the past 2 years. i am blessed to call you my dad, mentor and friend. when you take a piece of each of us you in turn leave a piece of you with us and these are the memories on love that will keep your spirit alive in each of us. so i shall say see you soon and i love you for all you taught and gave to me.
October 21, 2020
One of the most hard working people I know. I served on a town committee with him for years. Smart and dedicated. My condolences to the family.
Heidi Chaney
October 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I have never forgotten Norman's kindness and all his stories. He is such a big part of my very fond memories about my time in the states. He will never be forgotten. RIP. Condolences to all of you. Mady (from Germany)
Mady A
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October 20, 2020
Sorry Dustin to hear the news. I loved reading about your dad and his history here in Loudon.
Rodney Phillips
October 19, 2020
A great man will be miss
Steve O’Leary
October 19, 2020
So sorry Dustin and Cindy to hear of Mr. Bowles passing. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Kate Champney
October 19, 2020
Our hearts are saddened to hear of our favorite neighbors demise. Will do miss him cruising the neighborhood. Condolences to Norms family. RIP.
Darlene and Paul
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