Raymond Ray Bowen, known affectionately as "Ray," passed away on April 22, 2021 in Alpine, California. Born on June 4, 1943, Ray was the oldest child of Elic and Velma Bowen. He grew up in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, joined the Marines when he was eighteen, and soon after became an auto mechanic, starting in his Uncle John's garage, and eventually managing his own auto shop in Piedmont, Missouri ("Mid-Town Automotive) from 1978 to 1980, and later in El Cajon and Tierrasanta (San Diego) in the early 1990s. He raised his only son, Bryan, as a single father in Poplar Bluff, Piedmont, Las Vegas, and then mainly in San Diego, teaching him to catch a softball in the front yard, taking him to many amusement parks, concerts, and the Del Mar fair, and getting him his first car (a 1973 Chevy Nova Hatchback at 16 years old in 1985). Ray also enjoyed making car trips with his family, especially to Las Vegas. He will be missed.
In addition to his son, Ray leaves behind his beloved partner of over 30 years, Ester Javar. Over those many years together, Ray and Ester loved and cared for each other very much. Ray also leaves behind an extended family that includes Ellinore Giacinto (with husband Mark Giacinto), Leonard Javar (with wife Mary Ann Javar), Janet Javar (with husband Brian Sonfield), seven grandchildren (Joey, Ava, Aleczander, Max, Leilani, Alana, and Noah), and his faithful cat Stanley, who "thinks he is a dog," according to Ray.
Ray is also survived by his four siblings: Gladys Breece (of Ellsinore, Missouri), Linda Bridgeforth (of Chaffee, Missouri), Clinton Bowen (of Qulin, Missouri), and Barbara Butler (of Cape Girardeau, Missouri); his nieces (Murlene, Charlene, Tonya and Lawana); nephews (Clifford, Mike, Christopher, Herbert, Nathan, Richard "Richie" and Scott); and cousins (Donny, Pam, Louise, Sharon, Ronald, Dawayne, and Gerome and many other cousins, mostly in southeast Missouri).
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents Ezra and Lillie Ashelle Bowen and Ira and Dellar Davis Bryant, and his former wife, Beverly Albright of Arlington, Kentucky (passed away in 2016).
Ray Bowen was buried at the Miramar National Cemetery on June 1, 2021
Published by The Alpine Sun from Jun. 17 to Jun. 18, 2021.