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Donald E. Bowen, age 93, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Thornapple Manor.

The son of Howard & Sable (Pinckney) Bowen, he was born on March 26, 1925 in Saranac.

Don was raised on the family farm in Saranac with his two brothers and five sisters.  They all attended the local one room school house down the road.  He was a farmer, milk truck driver and a construction worker.  On June 19, 1954 he married the love of his life Johanna Driscoll and they had three children.  Don enjoyed his daily car rides across Barry county looking for wildlife in the fields. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters, and his wife Jo.  He leaves behind his three children, Burton Bowen, Larry (Laura) Bowen and Cindy (Mark) Crossley; five grandchildren; his sister Elise Moore; sister-in-law Fran Bowens; brother-in-law Bob Harding; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Don will also be missed by his companion dog Jack who went everywhere with him.  Don and Jack were never too far from one another until last month when Don went to live at Thornapple Manor.  The family is very grateful to the Manor for the wonderful care they gave Don in his final days.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Delton VFW Hall, 10353 Stoney Point Dr, Delton. Graveside services will be held after the celebration, at Cressey Road Cemetery and all are welcome to come and join the family as they remember Don.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care.


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  1. Larry D. Nieboer on May 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Don taught my family about livestock farm life back in the early 1970’s, starting with raising Ring-Necked Pheasants for 4H. From there, we also learned about raising cattle, hogs, and chickens. I think he may have also helped our family get started in the use of a small tractor. Don also taught me a lot about framing houses and home construction. When there was work to do, Don was no-nonsense “stop goofing off and let’s get ‘er done.” I think I have picked that up from him as well. Don always seemed helpful to my family. I thank God I was able to see him just a week before he passed, so I could personally thank him for these things. I’ll miss him.

  2. Wesley on January 26, 2021 at 5:40 am

    I miss you so much man,
    Never got to say goodbye to you and regret that so much. Please watch out for the family while you’re up there, I’ll see you soon.

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