William A. Bowes

December 23, 1920October 21, 2010

William Arthur Bowes passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in the Clearfield Hospital. He was born December 23, 1920 in Clearfield, PA, the son of the late Earl E. and Gertrude (Daugherty) Bowes. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Kioske) Bowes, his second wife Betty (Etzweiler) Bowes and his third wife, Ellen (Triponey) Bowes.

Mr. Bowes was a retired letter carrier, having served 37 years with the Clearfield Post office. He was a member of the Centre Grove United Methodist Church; the National Association of Letter Carriers; Clearfield Lodge #314 F&AM; the Williamsport Consistory; and was a Past Commander of the Clearfield John Lewis Shade Post No. 6 of the American Legion. Mr. Bowes was a proud patriot and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during the Second World War in Hawaii, Saipan and the Tinian Islands. At age of 21 he was Sergeant Major of the Seventh Air Force Headquarters. He received the Atlantic-Pacific Medal with two Bronze Stars, the American Defense Medal, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Bowes was honored by the Clearfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for his work in reclaiming local cemeteries.

He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Betsy McKinley of Franklin, PA and Mrs. Nancy (Bernie) McCreadie of Clearfield, PA. He is also survived by one sister, Dorothy (John) Mayersky of Chesterland, OH and one step-son, Leonard (Connie) Triponey of Clearfield, PA. He was the proud grandfather of Matthew (Gail) Brickell of Lee’s Summit, MO; Megan Brickell (Steve) Toler of Mt. Gretna, PA; Russell W. (Vanessa) Sykes of Gainesville, GA and Ellie (Mike) Ross of Fayetteville, NC. Mr. Bowes is also survived by seven beloved great-grandchildren: Campbell Grace and Beau McKinley Toler, Molly Claire Brickell, John Elliott and Natalie Elizabeth Sykes, and Jalynn Elizabeth, and Antonio Dante Ross.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., Clearfield, PA with Dr. Randy Willis officiating. Interment will be at Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde, PA. Military honors will be accorded by the Clearfield American Legion Post #6 and the VFW Post #1785 Honor Guard.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. until the hour of the services.

Mr. Bowes requested that memorials be made to the Centre United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 268, Hyde, PA 16843.

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October 28, 2010

It just seems like yesterday when you told me your dad was ill and that he was a Freemason. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, he was my brother. I am very sorry for your loss, but I know that your dad was extremely proud of you, as all of us are.
Dennis Fair

Tracy Henchbarger

October 27, 2010

My mother, Beverly Bowes (Niagara Falls), corresponded often with Bill about family, genealogy, and Clearfield. On mom's behalf and on behalf of my brother William and my sister Marvin Lee, we extend our sympathy to you all.

October 25, 2010

Dear Betsy,
Please accept my sincere condolences. I am thinking about you and your wonderful family and know that you will help each other in this time of sorrow.

Connie Bell

October 23, 2010

Dear Betsy,

John has told me about you dear dad. So glad we had the chat about him when you were over. I am sure he is at peace now, will be looking down and taking care of you and all your family at this sad time. Please accept my sincere condolances. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and be kind to yourself. Megan

October 23, 2010

Hi Nance and family , I am so , so sorry to hear about your Dad . He was always so good to us when we went to see him, I still have my socks he bought for you and I when we were walking . What a sweet thought that was . My prayers are with you and your entire family . He sure could make a really mean pie , they were to die for . Please know we are thinking of you and yours at this really sad time .
Love always
Loie Knepp

Stephen Urda

October 22, 2010

To Betsy and the entire family.
We are truly sorry for your loss.

Lou Slautterback

October 22, 2010

Family and Friends of William A. Bowes

May God comfort and support you in the time of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14: 1 -3

God Bless and Keep You,

Lou, Susan and Bethany Slautterback

Nora Ambrosio

October 22, 2010

Betsy and Family--our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Your friends and colleagues from the Department of Dance

October 22, 2010

To Betsy and the entire family of "Bowes",
We're thinking of all of you and hoping that the comfort and the love of friends and family will be your strength now and in the days ahead. And may all the wonderful memories you shared with Daddy/GrandDad also bring you peace and comfort.
Pam and Margo

Carol Holabeck

October 22, 2010

My Memories of "Bowes" are mainly thru his daughter Nance and family. I got the priviledge of meeting him in his home while visiting Clearfield. His service for his country is outstanding and a man that all of us in the USA are proud of. One thing that I will always remember is "Bowes Sugar Cookies" Best sugar cookies in the whole world. Prayers for comfort and strength are going up for all the Bowes Family