EARL VINCENT ("Vince") BOWMAN, passed away 3/18/2017, peacefully at home in Sequim WA, with family at his side.
Born June 30, 1927, in Atlanta, GA, to Erle and Margaret Bowman, Vince, and his younger brother James (deceased) were very close, growing up together on the Bowman Family Farms in Ontario, Canada. They moved to So. Calif. where he finished high school and 2 years of college in Pasadena, although during the summers Vince and Jim would drive back to help on the farm. After college, Vince enlisted in the Canadian Army, returning to S. Calif. upon completion of his service. While working in radio and TV repair in Pasadena, he met and married JoAnn Herring July 7, 1951, in Hollywood, Calif. Together they had 8 children: twins James and Joseph, David (deceased), Timothy, Francis, Mary, William, and Janet. He met second wife Lynn Musler in San Juan Bautista, CA; they married March 1976, and had two children, Katy and Kristy. Years later Vince re-married JoAnn and they celebrated 49 total years of marriage before her passing. Afterward, Vince cherished friend and companion Dorothy Mathews.
A man of two names, ten children and numerous careers, his work included: owning/operating a Radio/TV sales & repair business, Air Traffic Controller, Flight Instructor, Crop Duster, law school student, ATC Instructor, long haul truck driver, local truck driver, and delivering lost baggage to travelers for the airlines in rural Oklahoma. Places Vince and family lived were many: Canada, Nor., Central, and So. Calif., Moore, OK, and Vancouver and Sequim, WA.
Hobbies he enjoyed included fencing, ice hockey, flying, flight instruction (including teaching some of his own children), ham radio operator, and studying law. He enjoyed staying in contact with friends from his youth as well as former colleagues from Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Fremont CA, and loved taking his children camping and water skiing. Musical talents included playing the drums and a little boogie woogie on the piano. In his 50s he learned to play bagpipes, loved playing and marching at local parks, and eventually joined the Oklahoma City Highlanders.
An eternal optimist, Vince had an infectious smile, was friendly to all (and would often carry on conversations with complete strangers), and enjoyed life to the fullest. He lives on through his 9 living children, 28 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren...and counting.
Donations in behalf of Vince at: vhooc.org; Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.
Published on March 29, 2017