Evan W. Bowen Sr.

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Evan W. Bowen Sr., 84, of Orwigsburg, passed away Thursday at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.

Born in Schuylkill Haven, June 3, 1933, he was a son of the late Jennie Reber and Warren Bowen. He was the widower of Philomena D. "Tootsie" Astolfi Bowen.

Evan joined the National Guard in 1952, the same year he graduated from Schuylkill Haven High School. A year later the Army called him to serve in Korea. Evan was honorably discharged in April of 1955.

He was employed as a certified electrician at Schaefer's Brewery, later Stroh's Brewery in Lehigh Valley. In his early years, Evan worked for the railroad and the Haven Casket Co. He was also employed as an electrician at Parish Steele Inc., Honeywell, and Reading Tube Corp.

Evan was a member and volunteer for the original Orwigsburg Ambulance Association, member of the Orwigsburg Lions Club, VFW, American Legion, Masonic Lodge No. 138, The Shriners, and charter member and volunteer of the Orwigsburg Historical Society & Museum, where he worked tirelessly to assist with the restoration of the former Friendship Hose Company No. 1, the "Old Jail Lock-Up," and to establish a museum.

Evan also owned and operated the Old County Seat Gift & Antique Shoppe on East Market Street with his wife, Philomena, for over 30 years and was very dedicated to work, his family, country, and the preservation of Schuylkill County's history. He would often be seated at his family's restaurant, The 419 Market Street Cafe, greeting and sharing stories with patrons.

He was predeceased by sisters, Mary Bowen Knarr, Ruth Bowen Eckert and June Bowen Devine; brothers, Aaron "Skip" and Wayne "Babe" Bowen.

Evan is survived by his daughter, Jennifer L. Bowen; well-loved grand dog, Baby Belle; a son, Evan W. Bowen Jr., and beloved daughter-in-law, Amanda Plummer Bowen, who looked upon him as a second father.

His grandchildren were the "lights of his life," grandson, Aden W. Bowen, and granddaughter, Camryn M. Bowen, all of Orwigsburg. Many nieces, nephews also survive.

A religious memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Orwigsburg, with the Rev. John Ziegler, SALM officiating. There will be a Lions Necrology Service at 10:15 a.m. Friends are invited to call from 9 a.m. until the service at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Orwigsburg Historical Society & Museum, 109 E. Mifflin St., Orwigsburg, PA 17961. Interment will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 12, 2017