Donald Francis Bowman
1923 - 2021
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Donald Francis Bowman

Donald Francis Bowman, 98, of La Crosse, passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Marinuka Manor in Galesville.

He was born in La Crosse on July 10, 1923, to August and Mary (Gittens) Bowman, and later attended Aquinas and Logan High Schools. Don married Rose Schultz on October 24, 1944, in Pine Creek, WI. Rose preceded him in death on March 5, 2003.

Don worked for the Milwaukee Road Railroad for over 40 years before retiring. He was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR and Cardinals baseball. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, and reading about the railroad.

Don is survived by three daughters: Mary (John) Schlanser of Champlin, MN, Betty (Michael) Gregerson of Maple Grove, MN, and Barbara (Allen) King of Onalaska; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Rose, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ann Arbs, and his seven sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 19, 2021, at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Brian D. Konopa will officiate. Private family committal rites will follow at the Garden of Peace Mausoleum in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park. Masks will be required while in attendance at the church. Don's complete obituary and an online guest book are available at

Don's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staffs at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and Marinuka Manor for their wonderful care.

Published by La Crosse Tribune on Nov. 14, 2021.
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Will always love and miss you Grandpa!!
Laura Hauert
November 15, 2021
To the family of Donald Bowman- my deepest sympathy. It is difficult time but I know you have fond memories to help you. I have many fond memories of both your father and your mother and playing at your family home. Your dad set up the badminton net in the back yard and we had a great time! My thoughts and prayers are with you all especially Mary, my playmate. May maiden name was Brenner.
Mary Lee Waldsmith
November 14, 2021
I've only known my buddy Don since the pandemic started but he became a great friend who like to talk every week. I will miss our conversations. I feel I know the whole family by his conversation. Miss you buddy. I know you're with the love of your life now and in a better place. My condolences to the family during this hard time.
Kelly Stokke
November 11, 2021
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