Samson Lee Bowman

27 October, 196728 June, 2021
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Samson Lee Bowman, age 53 passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 28, 2021 in St. Mary’s, Ohio. Born in Troy, Ohio on October 27, 1967 to Harvey Lee Bowman & Regina Lee (Allen) Ploeger, he was the oldest of 7 children. He was a graduate of Franklin Monroe High School, class of 1986. Samson was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church, Richmond, IN. He was an avid hunter & fisherman. Samson played softball since his youth, and enjoyed hitting line drives to his children. In his free time he liked to “flip houses”, go to Cincinnati Reds & Dayton Dragons baseball games; and University of Dayton basketball games. He never met a stranger, and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jennifer (Mikesell) Bowman, whom he married September 2, 1989: children Brittany Bowman; Samantha Bowman; Sara & Kyler Railsback; Caleb Bowman & fiancé Victoria Landis: father & step-mother Harvey & Robyn Bowman; mother & step-father Regina & Dave Ploeger: siblings Heather & Chris Hypes; Holly & Semih Mutlu; Heidi & Johnathan Morse; Shawn & Johnnie Anne Bowman; Kyle & Rachel Bowman; Rachel & Ronal Ulloa: as well as many more family members and friends.

Friends may call on the family from 2:00 PM-8:00 PM on Friday, July 2, 2021 at the Highland Brethren In Christ Church- 7210 S. Jay Rd, West Milton, OH 45383-. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 10:30 AM at the church with Dr. Darrell Kepler presiding. Burial to follow at Sugargrove Cemetery, Covington , Ohio. Online sympathies


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Leanna (Peters) O'Riley

9 July 2021

Many happy memories with the Dan & Edith Bowman family.

Andy Short

3 July 2021

Jenny, I am so sorry to hear about Sampson passing. We spent a lot of time together when we were younger and up through high school. Harv was our youth leader for years and I had good times working with Sampson and his dad both. I'm sure he will be sorely missed, my sympathies and prayers to you and your children.

Don and Marty Sarver Sarver

3 July 2021

Our hearts were saddened upon hearing of your loss of Sampson. Don attended church and young folks with Sampsom's father, Harvey. Our children also went to Franklin Monroe School and shared in Christian ministry experiences sponsored by Sampson's parents. Christopher, our son graduated in the class of 1986. We prayfully send condolences to Sampson's family--praying for the Lord's grace, peace, and comfort to enfold each of them as they grieve his death. In Christian Love, the Don Sarver Family

Gregory Watson

2 July 2021

I knew Samson as the vivacious, Christian family man he strove to live. I met him teaching his Sunday School class at Hillcrest Baptist Church. We made quick friends and enjoyed doing some business together outside of church. Our paths seemed to cross only so brief in the scope of life. As a teacher and mentor, His desire that I intimately know my Creator and Savior affected a profound influence. As a friend, his words and actions were sharp, honest, generous and seeking a greater good for all he cared,
I know the days following the loss of a loved one or dear friend afford little joy or glory. Though we souls left surviving Samson in our hearts and minds now mourn, know that he now baths in God’s glorious light. I believe a Christian’s greatest legacy in carnal death is the peace we can celebrate knowing they’ve only begun a new, eternal existence at our Creator’s side. He remains in my heart an honest, good friend, a loving family man, and most important, a great Christian man.

Lynn Taylor

2 July 2021

Dear Jeanie, Heidi and Holly,
May the love of family and dear friends bring all of you comfort and peace during the days, weeks and months ahead. God's grace will gently wipe your tears and He will always keep you in the palm of His hands. All of you will remain in our prayers.

Ben and Lynn Taylor, Findlay, Ohio

Kimberly Hanna-Gutshall

2 July 2021

I went to school with Samson at Mvctc back in 1985 & 86. I remember him being the nicest and most sincere guy there. He was so welcoming to anyone and you always knew you had a friend In him. I hadn't seen him in probably 15 or more years when accidentally running into him and his family at a was so good to catch up. I am still in shock with his passing, and I seem to be having a hard time understanding why God takes the good ones. Jenny my heart goes out to you and your kids and I am so sorry for your loss of a truly great guy.
Kim Hanna-Gutshall

Vivian Brown

2 July 2021

Never had the pleasure of spending much time with Sam..but can only say the times I did was pure joy...that guy was such a bright light...he always made you feel like you were so important when talking to him...he gave you himself for whatever you needed at the first memories of him was when I lived on Fenner Rd. and the neighbor kids were out and about...I remember his smile was just sooo great and I have to say I thought this kid has a little mischief in him...but he was just a joy to be around...I know he is going to be sooo missed but heaven is a lot brighter...V Brown

Mike Leonard

1 July 2021

I played softball with Samson one summer. We met the day of the first game, and he treated me like I was his best friend. I have no specific memories, because he was always the best guy around. I am struggling with words because I’m not sure there are any that are worthy of how truly nice a man he was. I didn’t know him well, but his passing has affected me as much as any other in my life. Rest easy Samson.

Tom Hester

1 July 2021

There is no story or thought of Sam that doesnt end in a smile or a laugh. Most of them at some point have Jenny calling him "Samson!" Jenny, I'm still sorry about the time he tried to trim the tree and took out your above ground pool by mistake. Most people would be mad, he just laughed!
He is a great man that we can all learn something from to be better people.
Our thoughts are with you all.
Tom/Katie Hester

Lori Stone

30 June 2021

My daughter was married to a Marine and they lived all over the world. One Christmas time they happened to be home with us. On Sunday we celebrated Christmas by bringing gifts for each other. It was really bring something you had in your house that you wanted to get rid of. We also all came to church in our pajamas. My grandson, Ben, was a small sized 3 year old. He thought going to church in his pajamas was great. Sampson chose Ben to pick out the first gift. He picked Ben up and held him over his head. Ben thought it was great. Of course, Ben had to pick up the biggest gift and he could hardly lift it. Sampson lovingly helped Ben with his gift. It was a box of huge candles. Ben's mom wanted to give the candles to Sampson. Ben wasn't having that. He chose those huge candles and was taking them home. Christ's love and joy. Yes. Christ's love and joy. That was Sampson. We are blessed and highly favored to have known Sampson and Jenny and their beautiful tribe! Love and prayers for you all.

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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Samson Lee Bowman who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Samson was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Samson knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Samson was born on October 27, 1967 at Dettmer Hospital in Troy, Ohio. His parents were Harve Bowman and Jeanie Ploeger. Samson was raised in Laura, Ohio. Even as a youngster, Samson learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Samson was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Samson was raised with six siblings. He was the oldest. His siblings names are Heather, Heidi, Holly, Shawn, Kyle, and Rachel. Samson had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Samson, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      In school, Samson was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Samson was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Samson’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Franklin Monroe and Joint Vocational School (JVS) in 1986. He enjoyed some courses more than others. His favorite class in high school was electrical trades.

      Samson was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Samson was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Samson came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Doug Gant, Steve Flory, Kim Razor, Jimmy Atkins, and Scott Ellison. Later in life, he became friends with Scott Oswalt, Scott Foreman, and Jason Geiger.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Samson reveled in the security of his family. On September 2, 1989 Samson exchanged wedding vows with Jennifer Lynnette Mikesell at the Highland Church of the Brethren of West Milton, Ohio. She was the love of his life.

      Samson was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Samson would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Samson was blessed with four children, Brittany, Samantha, Sara, and Caleb.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Samson was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Samson was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Samson upheld his standards. He was an electrician. He worked as an electrician his whole life. He worked for Harve Bowman and Sons until he took over the business. He changed the name to Bowman and Sons Electric. His most recent employer was Armcorp Construction Inc. where he was head of the electrical division. Samson was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Samson approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. He loved to go fishing and hunting, play softball, go running, and spend time with family. Samson was always willing to let anyone tag along when going on a trip.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Samson to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. Samson played softball and loved to run. He played softball most of his adult life. He often played on several teams each season. He was a homerun hitter. Samson also loved to run. He enjoyed running in 5K's and trying to beat his last time. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. He liked to listen to the Cincinnati Reds on the radio and enjoyed watching Dayton Flyers Basketball.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Samson liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Samson always volunteered to coach his childrens' little league softball and baseball teams. Throughout their childhood, he coached one of his children every year.

Samson was well known for his humor and dad jokes. Know matter when or where, he made everyone laugh. He especially liked to start his sermons with a joke. He often told the same joke multiple times if he thought it was especially funny.

      Faith was important to Samson. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member Hillcrest Baptist Church. Before Hillcrest, Samson was the Pastor of East Zion Community Church. Samson was ordained at Grace Baptist Church in . He recently was picked to serve as a Deacon at Hillcrest Baptist Church and was just appointed to oversee baptisms.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Samson went anywhere he could hunt or fish. He was given the chance to pick his honeymoon and he took Jenny on a fishing trip. He took hunting and fishing trips every year. He also took the family on vacations where he still managed squeeze in a day for fishing.

      Samson passed away on June 28, 2021 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jennifer (Mikesell) Bowman, whom he married September 2, 1989: children Brittany Bowman; Samantha Bowman; Sara & Kyler Railsback; Caleb Bowman & fiancé Victoria Landis: father & step-mother Harvey & Robyn Bowman; mother & step-father Regina & Dave Ploeger: siblings Heather & Chris Hypes; Holly & Semih Mutlu; Heidi & Johnathan Morse; Shawn & Johnnie Anne Bowman; Kyle & Rachel Bowman; Rachel & Ronal Ulloa: as well as many more family members and friends. Services were held at Highland Church of the Brethren where 900 people came to honor Samson. Samson was laid to rest in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Covington, Ohio.

      All who knew him would agree that Samson was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Samson Lee Bowman did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.