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Obituary for May 17, 2013

‘Bob’ Bowen

Baker City, 1930-2013

Robert R.”Bob” Bowen Jr., 83, of Baker City, died May 11, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

His funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gray’s West and Co. Committal with military honors was at Mount Hope Cemetery

Bob was born on Feb. 6, 1930, to Robert and Velma Motley Bowen Sr. at Baker City. He was a member of the pioneer Bowen Family that settled in the Auburn area in 1862.

The family operated sawmills, banks and the Baker Herald newspaper and then settled the Bowen Valley south of Baker City. Bob was educated in Baker schools as a young man and then attended Hills Military Academy in Portland from 1945 until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948.

 He served in the Korean War and with occupation forces in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a technical sergeant. After completing his military service, he moved to Ontario where he worked in the produce department for Albertsons Grocery. 

In Ontario he was married to Joann Hawk. They later divorced.

He returned to Baker City where he married Mary Olson and combined their two families. They later divorced.  He married June Fisk on June 7, 1974, at Baker City.

 In Baker City he worked as a serviceman for Cascade Natural Gas Co. for more than 25 years. He retired in 1985.

 He loved the outdoors: fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and gold and silver mining. He enjoyed going to the Elkhorn Mountains and owned the Herculean and the Dutch Flat mines in the Cable Cove area.

 He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, the Disabled American Veterans, the Eagles Lodge, the American Legion, the Vets Club, the Korean War Veterans Association and the National Rifle Association. He and his wife enjoyed traveling all over the U.S., Alaska and Canada. 

 Survivors include his wife, June, of Baker City, three daughters, Deborah White of Portland, Susan Cunningham (Thomas) of Keizer and Donell Bowen of Baker City; two stepdaughters, Katharine Menser of Eagle Creek and Linda Nagle (Patrick) of Estacada; two stepsons,  Steven Scrivner (Vicki) of Grants Pass and David Scrivner (Robin) of Clinton, Iowa; a sister, Vonda Lee Bowen of Baker City; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Disabled American Veterans through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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