Robert F. Bowen, Sr, 85, of DeLand, passed away on April 29, 2017 at Hospice of Orange City. He was born in Troy, New York, to George H. and Edna Bowen on January27, 1932. He went to school in Albany, NY. and joined the National Guard in 1948.
He married Barbara Ann Wilson on October 15, 1951, in Orrville, Ohio. Robert served in the Air Force for 23 years, where he served two(2) tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam. He also served in Libya North Africa, when Gaddafi took over the base and pulled down the American flag. Bob was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Service Medal with Clasps, Vietnam Service Medal with two(2) clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with (two)2 clusters. He retired in 1971 from the military to work at Sears, and then to run his own business.
His parents preceded him in death, He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Barbara, his daughters Cynthia and Debra (Ralph), his sons, Robert Jr,(Patricia), Michael (Cyndy), Gerald (Lisa) and his adopted son Jeffery (Melissa), 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 4 great,great grandchildren.
Bob was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ where he was a deacon, a member of the choir and a member of the men’s fellowship committee. Bob was commander of the American Legion #6 in DeLand for 3 years, he was Un Holy 3+2 in Vietnam, sang with Surfside Barbershop Quartet, and acted with the “ShoeString Theater” group in several amateur productions. He worked and volunteered with both the boy scouts, cub scouts, and as well as the girl scouts, in a leader's capacity for more than 20 years with his children’s troops.
Bob was a fireman and EMT in DeLand, he was a member of the 40 & 8. Bob was an exquisite woodcraftsman, his proficiency in cake decorating inspired his daughter to learn the craft, apply it to her Army career and her personal life’s goals. He was a good husband and father.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday May 18, 2017 at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, West New York Avenue, DeLand, Florida, Burial will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Cape Canaveral, Florida, time to be announced later
In lieu of flowers, donate to Halifax Health Hospice and Alzheimer's research.