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Larry Bowen

Larry Dean Bowen, son of James and Ruby (Smith) Bowen, was born May 17, 1947 at Benton, Iowa. Larry grew up at Benton and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1965.

After graduating from high school, he moved to Cedar Rapids where he worked at Collins Radio for a short time until he entered the US Army serving from 1966 to 1968. Larry served in Vietnam.

After receiving his honorable discharge from the US Army, he moved to Fort Madison and worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown, IA.
Larry was united in marriage to Sharon Pinkerton on October 21, 1971 in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

He worked several years for Chicago and Northwestern Railroad retiring for health reasons. He then worked for a short time at the Tan Tar A Resort and the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Osage Beach, MO, before he and Sharon purchased the Office in Mount Ayr.

Family was very important to Larry. He enjoyed watching his boys and grandchildren participate in their many activities. He was the communication link that united his sisters and brothers and was a very special uncle to his many nieces and nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews. He enjoyed working in the yard and tending to the flowers.

Larry passed away suddenly on June 13, 2016 at his home in Benton, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Charlcey Bowen; brothers James, Jr (Bobby) and Jerry (Oscar): sisters Annie Haley, Sally Pratte, Katie Butler, Jean Herrington, and Belle Graham.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Sharon of Benton; sons Judd Bowen of Kellerton, IA, Eric (Carrie) Bowen of Dallas Center, IA, and Austin Bowen of Benton, IA; 3 grandchildren Carter, Macey, and Abby Bowen; siblings Alice Johnston of Fort Madison, IA, Mickey Routh of Clearfield, IA, Joe (Alice) Bowen of Fort Madison, IA, and Sandy Hulett of Osage Beach, MO; mother-in-law June Steinman of Mount Ayr, IA; sister-in-law Judy Picker of Glenwood, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many good friends.

Memorials are for the Ebooks at the Mount Ayr Public Library

  • Open Viewing

    June 15, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    June 16, 2016
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Services

    June 16, 2016
    7:30 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    June 16, 2016
    8:30 PM

    Benton Cemetery

    Benton, IA


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Guestbook

Our family is thinking of all of you and sending prayers and hugs...

Posted by Heather Martin - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   June 16, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Growing up in the big city of Benton I have all been to the Bowen home on more than one occasion. Sharon, Eric, Judd, and Bo you are part of my extended family. Thoughts and prayers with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Richard Swank - Benton, IA - Friend   June 16, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sharon, Judd,Eric,&Auggie you guys were always like a second family to me. Had lots of fun with Larry he will be greatly missed by all. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jay Waske - Murray, IA - Friend   June 16, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sharon, Judd, Eric, and Austin, and kids: i''m so incredibly sorry to hear of the loss of Larry. He will be greatly missed!

Posted by Holly Martin & Curtis Paulson - Shenandoah, IA - Friend   June 16, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Eric and family- so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you

Posted by Wendy England - Des Moines, IA - Friend   June 16, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are so sad to hear about Larry''s passing. Larry was such a kind and gentle soul who always stayed connected to his North Dakota relatives. We are honored to have known him. My grandma Margurite sends her prayers to the entire Bowen family.

Posted by Jami Falk - Bismarck, ND - Family   June 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are so sad to hear about Larry''s passing.

Posted by Jami Falk - Bismarck, ND - Family   June 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with the family. Prayers and loves to you all! He was a great man and will be dearly missed.

Posted by Janie Stark - Kellerton, IA - Friend   June 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies are with you. It is important to remember all the wonderful memories, they will help you through this difficult time.

Posted by Todd & Amy Lawton - Dallas Center, IA - Friend   June 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry about Larry''s passing. I have very fond memories of him at the Office when I lived and visited Mt Ayr.. he will be missed .

Posted by Gloria Meyers - Marion, IA - Friend   June 15, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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