Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home

4150 East Third St, Bloomington, IN


Jack E. Bowden

March 28, 1936July 31, 2019

JACK EUGENE BOWDEN …March 28, 1936 – July 31, 2019 Jack Eugene Bowden, age 83, died July 31st, 2019, with family at Hospice in Bloomington, Indiana. He was born in Nashville, Indiana, the son of Ray and Lena Brown Bowden. Jack was a man of faith and was always a very active member of his church community. His greatest joy in the church was serving the youth, and he was widely known as “the candy man” or “Papaw Jack”. He was most recently a member at Northside Christian Church, where he once served as an elder. He previously served at Cincinnati Christian Church, Nashville Christian Church, and Ellettsville Christian Church. He also served on the Board of Directors at Hilltop Christian Camp in Brown County for several years. Jack had a servant’s heart and was very active outside of the church as well. He is a veteran of the United States Army. He served on the Monroe County Fair Board. He worked for Cummins and retired from Allison Transmission. After retirement he went on to work and volunteer at Bloomington Hospital and worked at Harrington’s Saw Shop. Jack had a true love for people and could often be found sitting on a bench at Walmart just waiting to talk. Jack is survived by his wife, Wanda McCoy, married on November 23rd, 1960 at their home in Morgantown, IN. His sisters, Barbara (Max) Skinner of Lake City, Florida, Susie (John) Hundley of Columbus, Connie (Charlie) Leffler of Okeechobee, Florida, and Rachel (Dick) Oyer of Lake Worth, Florida. His children Dennis Bowden of South Carolina, Deborah Norman of South Carolina, Wanita Sue Clark of Bloomington, and Becky Bowden Kerr of Bloomington. His grandchildren Katherine Stevens, Robert Prine Jr., Kelly Glynn, Karah Raymond, Dustin Harmon, Josh Byers, David Edwards, Jessica Brown, Jamie Hancock, and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Laura Bowden, Charles and Lottie Brown, brothers, James Ray Bowden of Arlington, TX, Billie Lee Bowden of Anaheim, CA and an infant brother, Gerald Allen Bowden. And a daughter, Marshiela Norman-Bailey of Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am- 11:00am on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at Day & Deremiah-Fry Funeral Home, 4150 E 3rd Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47401. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at Day & Deremiah-Fry Funeral Home with burial to follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Hilltop Christian Camp in Brown County.


  • Wanda McCoy Bowden, Wife
  • Barbara (Max) Skinner, Sister
  • Susie (John) Hundley, Sister
  • Connie (Charlie) Leffler, Sister
  • Rachel (Dick) Oyer, Sister
  • Dennis Bowden, Son
  • Deborah Norman, Daughter
  • Wanita Sue Clark, Daughter
  • Becky Bowden-Kerr, Daughter
  • Katherine Stevens, Granddaughter
  • Robert Prine Jr., Grandson
  • Kelly Glynn, Granddaughter
  • Karah Raymond, Granddaughter
  • Dustin Harmon, Grandson
  • Josh Byers, Grandson
  • David Edwards, Grandson
  • Jessica Brown, Granddaughter
  • Jamie Hancock, Granddaughter
  • James Bowden, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Laura Bowden, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Charles Brown, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Lottie Brown, Grandmother (deceased)
  • James Ray Bowden, Brother (deceased)
  • Billie Lee Bowden, Brother (deceased)
  • Gerald Allen Bowden, Brother (deceased)
  • Marshiela Norman-Bailey, Daughter (deceased)
  • Jack leaves behind many great-grandchildren who will cherish his memory.



  • Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


  • Military Honors by the Monroe County Honor Guard


Jack E. Bowden

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Cathy Percifield-kazimier

August 14, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Jack. I have known Jack most of my life through my Dad and Mom, Wilber and Eleanor Percifield. Dad and Jack rode to Allisons to work together for years off and on. We only lived a few miles apart and would stop in and visit once and awhile also.
As an adult, I would see Jack at the Bloomington hospital volunteering, Walmart, or wherever. And he always had that big smile of his and a hug for you. I don't think he knew a stranger. The world is a better place because of Jack and he will be very missed.
I am sorry I could not come pay my respects to family.

Laura Coons

August 4, 2019

Jack was beautiful ,compassionate, and friendly person. He made the world brighter.

Gary Hundley

August 3, 2019

Uncle Jack is a great loss to the family and others who knew him here on earth. He will be forever missed. However, we can all take joy in knowing he is without pain with Jesus as he graduated to Heaven.