|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1915|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 2008|
Post Register, Idaho Falls, Jan. 7, 2009
John "Jack" Harley Bowling, a 93-year-old longtime resident of Idaho Falls, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, following two strokes.
Jack, the middle son of Wilbur Bowling and Marie Harley Bowling, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 8, 1915. Jack grew up and went to school in the Pittsburgh area and also in eastern Ohio. He graduated from Salem High School in Salem, Ohio, in 1933, where he had been active in several scholastic science events/projects.
After high school graduation, he worked in his father's machine shop business for some time. Jack and his brother, Bill, later moved to Chicago to live with an uncle. After working in the Chicago area, Jack enlisted in the United States Navy. He was initially posted to Pensacola, Fla., for naval pilot training but did not become a pilot and was honorably discharged from the Navy in the fall of 1941. Jack was going to college and working as a draftsman when Pearl Harbor was attacked and then continued working in this essential job until he was drafted into the Army on March 18, 1943.
In the Army, Jack served in a maintenance and repair/ rebuilding function with General Patton's Third Army during several fronts, including the Battle of the Bulge and onward through Belgium and into Germany toward victory in Europe. Jack was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on Dec. 23, 1945, following the end of WW II.
After being discharged from the service, Jack entered Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1946.
He was subsequently employed as a mechanical engineer in several firms, including Westinghouse Air Brakes, National Biscuit Corporation, but eventually found his career home with the Westinghouse-Electric Corporation headquartered in the Pittsburgh area.
In 1960, he met Claire Trussel, an executive with Bell Telephone, at a meeting of the local camera club. Both Claire and Jack were excellent photographers. This mutual love fostered and, in part, led to their marriage Dec. 14, 1963.
In 1963, Jack was working for Westinghouse-Bettis and was asked to take a course in nuclear engineering. Jack was subsequently transferred to the Naval Reactors Facility at the Idaho site, then called the National Reactor Testing Station. Jack served as an Engineering Officer of the Watch at the S1W Naval Reactor prototype. He was also a reactor operations supervisor for many years. Jack was a recognized expert in piping systems and on the operation and repair of large-scale equipment such as naval propulsion turbines, steam generators and diesel generators.
Jack's engineering expertise was frequently evident in discussions regarding reactor coolant systems, machining projects and nuclear systems.
One of Jack's most reveled achievements and loves was his long-term involvement with AA (alcoholic anonymous). As many young vets following WW II, Jack became victim to alcohol but eventually recognized the problem, joined AA and at the time of his death was the oldest AA member in Idaho, having been a member for some 50+ years. Jack cherished and loved his AA affiliations.
Both Jack and Clair were expert photographers and received many awards from the American Photographic Society. They both had fallen in love with Idaho and the American West and traveled extensively in exploring this new-to-them country. Jack was an active member of the Idaho Falls Gem and Mineral Society and their travels often served as "rock hound expeditions." Friends of Jack often were the recipients of gifts where Jack had turned pieces of rock into beautiful handcrafted items.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Claire (Trussel) Bowling; his parents; and his two brothers, William and Theodore. He is survived by a cousin, Tom Basinger of Las Vegas, and a niece, Kimberly Bowling of Chicago, Ill.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church, 325 Elm St. in Idaho Falls, with Reverend Jonathan E. Mitchell officiating. Burial will be later that day in Ammon Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the services. Military rites are under the direction of the Bonneville County Veterans Team. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.
Claire Trussel Bowling (1912 - 2001)
Created by: Mike Weeks
Record added: Mar 20, 2011
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