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Leonard Elva "Brooker" Bowen
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Birth: Feb. 26, 1904
Gardnersville
Pendleton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 1980
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Married 12 Aug. 1926

Father of
Sue [Bradford]
Jo [Ross]
Jane [Johnson]

Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000
Name: Leonard E Bowen
Death Date: 10 Oct 1980
Death Place: Fayette
Age: 76
Residence: Pendleton
Volume: 54
Certificate: 26819

Social Security Death Index
Name: Leonard Bowen
Last Residence: 41033 De Mossville, Pendleton, Kentucky, United States of America
Born: 26 Feb 1904
Died: Oct 1980
State (Year) SSN issued: Kentucky (1951)

L. E. Bowen, Well-Known Gardnersville Businessman Dies

Mr. L. E. (Brooker) Bowen, age 76 years, of Gardnersville, KY., passed from this life on Oct. 19, 1980, at St. Jospeh Hospital, Lexington, KY.
Mr. Bowen was born on Feb. 26, 1904, the son of william Thomas and Clarinda Ann McMiccian Bowen. He was married to Velma Greenwell on Aug. 12, 1926, and to this union three daughters were born, Sue, Jo and Jane. Mrs. Bowen passed away on Feb 13, 1968. On July 15, 1971, he married Edith Works. She also preceded him in death on July 20, 1980.
Mr. Bowen owned and operated L. E. Bowen Farm Supply in Gardnersville for 42 years before retiring in 1969. He was a member of the Unity Baptist Church and was president, secretary, and trustee of the Gardnersville Cemetery.
He is survived by his three daughters, Mrs. William (Sue) Bradford of Lexington, Mrs. Arnold (Jo) ross of Gardnersville and Mrs. Keith (Jane) Johnson of Florence; three sisters, Rose, Lou and Gen Bowen of Ft. Wright; and one brother, Raymond Bowen of DeMossville. he also leaves seven grandsons and three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
Mr. Bowen was well liked and a very successful businessman, as an International Harvester dealer. He was prominent in the community for many years, and in his passing the community has lost an outstanding citizen. he will be greatly missed by his loved ones and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Oct. 14, 1980 at People's Funeral Home in Falmouth, KY., conduced by Bro. Valis Hill and assisted by Bro. Paul Stamper.
Mr. Cheryl Ross beautifully played selections on the organ.
Those serving as pallbearers were grandsons: Jeff Bradford, Scott Bradford, Matt Ross, Brad Ross, Mark Ross, David Johnson, Steve Johnson and Jim Rebholz.
Honorary pallbeaeres were: Lawrence Caldwell, Gene Spegal, Homer Lower, Foster Straub, Hershel Spegal, Harold Sheppard, Elwood Caldwell, George bowen, Randall Bowen, Bernanrd Bowen,Donnic Adams, C. J. Brady and Melvin Hart.
Burial took place in the Gardnersville Cemetery.

From the book, "The First 200 Years", pages 89-90 written by Mildred Bowen Belew

Bowen Farm Supply.

In 1927, L. E. (Brooker) Bowen owned and operated the Gardnersville General Store when he told the International Harvester zone Manager that he knew where he could sell a wagon. Mr. Bowen sold that wagon to Mr. E. G. Meeks and soon after became the local Internationa Harvester dealer. He bought a building in Gardnersville, which at that time was used as a stable for the horses of the local funeral director. There he opened his business, which he called the L. E. Bowen Farm Supply.
Over the years the business grew successfully. That dealership still exists on the same location and is now owned and operated by Arnold E. Ross, Mr. Bowen's son-in-law. Arnold married Joe Bowen and went to work for his father-in-law after being discharged from the Navy in 1958. Mr. Bowen retired from the business and sold it to Arnold in 1969. He then changed the name to Bowen Farm Supply.
The building is still much the same aas it was when mr. Bowen ran the business, with only some remodeling done in the office. The wagon Mr. Bowen sold to Mr. Meeks now sets on the lot of the dealership.
Today the business is mainly a family business, operated by Arnold and his three sons, Mark, Brad, and Matt and a nephew, David Johnson, also a grandson of Mr. Bowen.

Note: as of January 2000 - Bowen Farm Supply is now operated by Mark Ross, Arnold Ross having retied a few years earlier. They carry a complete line of John Deere farm equipment. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Thomas Bowen (1857 - 1943)
  Clarinda Ann McMillian (1868 - 1944)
 
 Spouse:
  Velma F. Greenwell Bowen (1905 - 1968)
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Franklin Bowen (1878 - 1937)**
  Leona Bell Bowen (1880 - 1900)**
  James Columbus Bowen (1885 - 1960)**
  Walter Lawrence Bowen (1888 - 1978)*
  Henry Raymond Bowen (1889 - 1985)*
  John Wesley Bowen (1892 - 1980)*
  Cassius Leamon Bowen (1894 - 1978)*
  William Marion Bowen (1896 - 1897)*
  Rosetta Agnes Bowen (1898 - 2000)*
  Thomas S. Bowen (1901 - 1971)*
  Leonard Elva Bowen (1904 - 1980)
  Lula Mae Bowen (1906 - 1998)*
  Genevieve Jewell Bowen (1910 - 1992)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Gardnersville Cemetery
Gardnersville
Pendleton County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Donna Lee Wall
Record added: Mar 05, 2011
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