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Obituary for Mr. George A. Bowen Sr.
Mr. George A. Bowen, 81, of Barry, Illinois, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014, in his home. He was born April 2, 1932, in Hadley Township, Pike County, Illinois, to Fred Steve & Ruth Evelyn (Kenady) Bowen. They preceded him in death. He married Lillian B. Lampton, April 7, 1962, in St. John's Church, Peoria, Illinois. She survives in Barry. He is also survived by 2 sons, George Albert Bowen, Jr., wife Michelle, of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Phillip Steven Bowen, wife Gloria, of Rowlett, Texas; 1 daughter, Ruth Elaine Phillips (Andrew Dolbeare) of Barry, Illinois; 3 granddaughters, Celina Bowen (Jao'Torey Johnson) of Garland Texas; Jolie Bowen of Rowlett, Texas; and Rachel Phillips of Barry; 1 great grandson, Jao'Torey Johnson, Jr. of Garland, Texas. Numerous nieces & nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, James C. (Hazel) Bowen and Fred (Mary) Bowen, Jr. and 1 sister, Gleah Lowe (Tony). George graduated from Barry High School in 1950. He served in the Navy from 1951 to December 1955. He was on the USS LST 1546, and then transferred to the USS Lipan in Korea during the war. He received the Navy Combat Ribbon and the Korean Combat Ribbon. He was discharged from the Naval Reserves. George was a lifelong union member and retired from Quincy Compressor after 29 years. He was a charter member of the Barry VFW post and an American Legion member. He was a volunteer and driver at the Quincy Veteran's Home. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. There is no visitation. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal, Missouri. Inurnment will be in the Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum, Quincy, Illinois. Veterans services by Barry American Legion Post 222. Inurnment Honor Guard by Quincy American Legion Post 37. Memorials are suggested to Jolie & Rachel 's education fund %First National Bank of Barry. Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry in charge of arrangements.