|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1928|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 2007|
Leon Curtis Bowen, 78 of Bethel, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at Broken Bow, OK. He was born October 15, 1928 in Bethel, OK to Maudie Epsie (Smith) and Leonard Edward Bowen.
Leon had been a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church for many years. He loved reading his Bible, attending church and visiting with family and friends. In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling the rodeo circuit in Arkansas in which he preformed as a Bronc Rider.
At the age of 16, during World War II, he joined the United States Army. He proudly served our county for 3 months until it was discovered that he was only 16 years old, which resulted in an honorable discharge. Later, when he became of age he was involved in the Korean Conflict where he earned several stripes, stars and medals for his bravery. He was very proud of his service in the United States Army.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Maudie Epsie (Smith) Bowen and Leonard Edward Bowen.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly (Jeanie) Nichols of Broken Bow; one brother, Nelson Bowen of Bethel; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Fern and Leo DuMilieu of Lakeview, OR, Wanda and RV McKinney of Bethel, OK and Joyce and James Belk of Lincoln, CA; 2 aunts, Opal Kenney of Burney, CA and Vida Bowen of Bethel, OK; 4 grandchildren, Jesse Nichols of Holly Creek, Angela Harder of Battiest, Brad Nichols of Farmersville, LA, John Nichols of Broken Bow; eight great-grandchildren, Wren and Bethany Harder, Edge and Wyatt Nichols, Cathleen, Jesse, Victoria, and Colten Nichols; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Services are scheduled for 2:00 Thursday, March 22, 2007 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Bethel, OK with Bro. Ron Kellum presiding. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery
Created by: Mike Tankersley
Record added: Nov 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22917453