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Marvin Thompson Bowen

Marvin Thompson Bowen

Phillip, SD
1941, 792, Roubaix, F-6, Member

Marvin T. Bowen, age 82, of Philip, died Thursday evening, December 15, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Marvin Thompson Bowen was born February 13, 1923, at Henry, South Dakota, the son of Charles Henry and Minnie (Thompson) Bowen. As a young boy he moved with his parents to the Wall area and later to the Cottonwood area. He received his education in the Cedar Butte area north of Wall. When he was eleven years of age, his father froze to death, so Marvin left home to work and support the family. He worked as a farm and ranch hand in the Philip and Wall communities.

Marvin Bowen at CCC Camp RoubaixMarvin Bowen at CCC Camp Roubaix
photo courtesy Dean Talty

Marvin served in the United States Army during WWII, serving in the Asiatic Pacific. After his honorable discharge on December 2, 1946, he moved to the Ottumwa area where he made his home with his sister, Wanda and Dave Heeb. Marvin did various jobs in the Ottumwa area.

Marvin was united in marriage to Lois Jean Harry on September 21, 1949, at a Lutheran parsonage in Rapid City. They made their home on a farm-ranch in the Pedro area and later to the Hilland area before moving to the Deep Creek area where they farmed and ranched. In 1956, they moved onto the Harry farm-ranch at Ottumwa where they resided until March 1968, when they purchased the Gee place on the north fork of the Bad River in the Grindstone community.

His wife Lois Jean preceded him in death on March 3, 1980. Marvin continued to make his home on the farm-ranch until September 2001 when he moved into the Senechal apartments. In January 2003, due to health reasons, he moved into the Philip Nursing Home.

Marvin was baptized and confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. He was a member of the United Church of Philip, and the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173 of Philip.

Grateful for having shared his life include his two daughters Karen Bowen-Raymond and her husband Thomas of Batesland, South Dakota, and Karla Whiting and her husband Steve of Aberdeen, South Dakota; one son Kyron Bowen and his wife Barb of Philip; five grandchildren; Carrie, Callie and Kenneth Raymond, and Marshall and Austin Bowen; two great-granddaughter Mayson and Tommy Jo; two sisters Wanda Heeb of Philip, and Irene Triolo of Springfield, Oregon; one sister-in-law Juanita Bowen of Philip; special nieces Barb Kroetch of Philip and Barb Esser of Coeur d'Alene Idaho; numerous other nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Talty Anderson Burke Bowen at CCC Camp RoubaixTalty Anderson Burke Bowen at CCC Camp Roubaix
photo courtesy Dean Talty

In addition to his wife Lois Jean, Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Odie Dale Bowen.

Visitation was held 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, at the the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Tuesday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

A memorial is established.

INTERMENT Masonic Cemetery Philip, South Dakota

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