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Ruben Lewis Bowman
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1928
Nome Census Area
Alaska, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 2004
Anchorage Borough
Alaska, USA

SSGT U.S. Air Force, TEC 5 U.S. Army, World War II, Korea

Anchorage Daily News November 2, 2004

Lifelong Alaskan Ruben Lewis Bowman, 76 died Oct. 22, 2004, at Alaska Native Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. A service with military honors and burial was at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mr. Bowman was born April 14, 1928, in Nome, to Gunnar and Margaret (Malony) Bowman. In 1942, at age 14, he joined the Alaska Territorial Guard and served for three years. He enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1948 and was sent to Europe during reconstruction, returning to Nome in 1949 after being honorably discharged. In January 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Army/Air Force in Biloxi, Miss., and his military career took him many places -- Turkey, Idaho and Maine, to name a few. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant in 1970 in Gig Harbor, Wash. Mr. Bowman returned to Alaska in 1980. He managed Safety Roadhouse outside Nome for his cousin until 1986, when he moved to Anchorage. In 1999, during the Bering Straits Regional Kawerak Elders Conference in Nome, he was honored for his service in the Alaska Territorial Guard. "The military was Ruben's passion even after 20-plus years of service," his family wrote. "He participated in the Alaska State Defense Force 49th Military Police Brigade, 4th Battalion located at the National Guard Armory on Fort Richardson. Upon separation due to health reasons in 2003, he had achieved the rank of major." Mr. Bowman was a member of VFW 10252 in Mountain View. Survivors include his children, Ruth Emmons, "Lew" R.L. Bowman Jr., Joe and Lori Bowman and Charlotte Armstrong; brothers, Carl, James and Robert Bowman; cousin and special friend, Don Newton and his family; 10 grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Bowman was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Bowman. Memorial donations may be made to a military/veterans charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory. 
Fort Richardson National Cemetery
Fort Richardson
Anchorage Borough
Alaska, USA
Plot: Section FF, Row 9, Site 99
Created by: Teresa L. Watson
Record added: Sep 21, 2005
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Ruben Lewis Bowman
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