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Anthony John Bowlus

  • Birth 5 Oct 1906 Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 20 Apr 2006 Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Garnavillo, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 14449106

Anthony "Tony" J. Bowlus, age 99 of Decorah, Iowa, died Thursday, April 20, 2006 at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah following a long illness.

Anthony John Bowlus was born October 5, 1906 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Fredericka and Ada (Barnett) Bowlus. He graduated from High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was united in marraige to Bernice L. Tuecke on September 29, 1932 at Pioneer Rock Church in Ceres, Clayton County, Iowa. To this union, two children were born: Kay and Nick.

Tony owned and operated a Hardware store in Arlington, Iowa and moved to Decorah in 1949 to operate a second hardware store. At age 55, Tony enrolled in LaJames College of Cosmetology in Mason City. Following his graduation, he worked with Bernice at the Parkway Beauty Shop in Decorah. He also taught cosmetology at in Calmar at the former Technical college.

Tony was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Decorah; a member of Decorah Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge. He was actively involved in the original Nordic Fest and many others. Tony enjoyed art, painting and rosemalling. He was fond of traveling, collecting rocks and working in his rock shop. Tony liked to spend time outdoors and enjoyed trout fishing.

Survivors include a son, Nick (Pat) Bowlus of Oronoco, Minnesota; three grandsons, David Hall of Virginia Beach, VA., Mark (Dawn) Hall of Dalton, Massachusetts, and Michael (Angela) Bowlus of Minneapolis, Minnesota; five great-grandchildren, Nathan Caleb, and Blake Hall, Sofi and Sara Bowlus; and a son-in-law, Victor Franklin of Mt. Sidney, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kay Franklin on May 8, 2000; his wife, Bernice on May 2, 2002; and a brother, Russell Bowlus.

Burial in Garnavillo Cemetery, Garnavillo, Iowa.


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  • Created by: In memory of Scott
  • Added: 30 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14449106
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anthony John Bowlus (5 Oct 1906–20 Apr 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14449106, citing Garnavillo Cemetery, Garnavillo, Clayton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by In memory of Scott (contributor 46776086) .