OBITUARY

Thomas James Bowen

November 6, 1930September 29, 2019
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Thomas James Bowen, age 88, entered into rest on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He entered into life on November 6, 1930 in Irving, Texas to Beadie Smalley and Thomas Bowen. T.J. was raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Crozier Tech High School in 1948.

He served his country as a United States Marine as a PFC for two years. He served honorably in the Korean War; his unit fought bravely in the famous battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the winter of 1950. As a result, he was awarded the Gold Star, the Purple Heart, and a Presidential Citation.

T.J. married Francella Hopkins in 1951 and the couple had three children. He worked as a computer operator at the Ford Motor Company.

In his spare time, T.J. enjoyed traveling with his family and friends, and attending school and sporting events of his children and grandchildren.

His family and friends will always remember him as a good-natured, fun-loving husband, dad, and Papaw.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Fran.

T.J. is survived by his daughter Cathy Burns and husband Dennis of Allen, Texas, his son James Bowen and wife Cenia of Rockwall, Texas, and son Bill Bowen and wife Beki of Burnet, Texas; brother Bob Glass and wife Sandra of Ennis, Texas; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jay Bowen, Pallbearer
  • Keith Coffey, Pallbearer
  • Rudy Ruiz, Pallbearer
  • Matt Potvin, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, October 7, 2019

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Matthew & Sandra Holzapfel

October 6, 2019

TJ was our neighbor (across the alley) for the last 24-years. Always a gentleman and a great neighbor. His smile and presence in our neighborhood will be greatly missed.

James Bowen

October 6, 2019

My father was probably the most positive person I've ever know, always upbeat.Never negative about his/our family circumstances. Whatever life threw at him he felt he could overcome it and prevail.He was never a "big talker" but a doer( he was also a lefty,so if you back-talked,watch out! ). Sometimes in his later years, his "can do spirit" exceeded his ability to do things but he would always adapt. Much to my chagrin! Over the last thirteen and a half years, I was able to deepen my understanding of him and enrich my life as well. With great gratitude and love I bid you goodnight!

JIM NICHOLSON M.D.

October 5, 2019

childhood friends with t j when we both lived on Hickory street just off South Ervay in South Dallas during the late forties

WE PLAYED BASKETBALL FOR THE SALVATION ARMY AT COMPTON CITADEL

WE BOTH GRADUATED FROM CROZIER TECH HIGH SCHOOL IN 1948

WE BOTH WENT INTO THE MARINE CORP IN 1950 AND SERVED IN NORTH KOREA

HE WAS ROCK SOLID. HE NEVER WANTED TO CALL MUCH ATTENTION TO HIMSELF

VERY FEW PEOPLE KNEW HOW BADLY DAMAGED HIS FEET WERE FROM THE FROST BITE IN FROZEN CHOSEN

HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE ELITE "CHOSEN FEW " DALLAS CHAPTER.
I AM PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ASSIST HIM IN GETTING DISABILITY IN LATER LIFE FOR BADLY DAMAGED LIFE

I AM HONORED TO HAVE KNOWN TJ BOWEN

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Dad, always in our hearts.

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Easter 2019

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Always smiling

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Turkey day 2017 - Cathy's house

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Dad's birthday 2011

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Mambo and Papaw with the 6 grandkids - Christmas 1988

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Dad, always in our hearts.

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Easter 2019

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Always smiling

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Turkey day 2017 - Cathy's house

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Dad's birthday 2011

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Mambo and Papaw with the 6 grandkids - Christmas 1988

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Our hero - then, now, forever

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Such a ham!

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