OBITUARY

LT. Col. Wilfred "Rusty" Bowman

May 18, 1937June 27, 2013
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BOSSIER CITY LA- Services for Wilfred “Rusty” Bowman, 76, will be held on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Msgr. Earl Provenza officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at Hill Crest Funeral Home. Rusty was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 18, 1937 and passed away on June, 27, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Rusty grew up in Tampa, Florida and graduated from Jesuit High School. Rusty joined the United States Air Force in 1957. He received his commission through the Aviation Cadet Program. He was an electronics warfare officer on the mighty B-52 serving in Vietnam and participated in Linebacker II. He retired as a Lt. Col at Barksdale A.F.B. after serving 25 years. After retiring from the Air Force Rusty went to work for Bell South and later went to work for the Better Business Bureau from 1985-1995. Rusty was a member of the Bossier City Lions Club, the downtown Shreveport Rotary Club, the Council of Aging, and received his degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is survived by, his loving wife of 53 years, Sylvia Jean Bowman; three sons, Russell (Kristina), Andrew (Stefanie) and Stephen (Cynthia); a daughter, Lynne Watson (Jim); seven grandchildren, Matt Watson, Darren, Lauren and Jared Bowman, Andrew Bowman, Chloe and Bella Garza and many nieces and nephews. We will greatly miss our loving dad, husband and grandfather. Anyone who knew Rusty will always remember his great sense of humor and great smile. We Love You Dad! The family would like to thank the staff of W/K hospice, nurses Julie, Pam and Stephanie. You may share words of comfort with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, July 1, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2013
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LT. Col. Wilfred "Rusty" Bowman

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Bill Thompson

September 4, 2013

Dear Bowman Family; my thoughts are with you as I earned of Rusty's passing in the MOAA mag. I was at 8AF from 76-81 and think I met Rusty at soccer events, I was a ref. Then we were always xing paths. What a smile! Always the gentleman, a pleasure to know

Wilma Little

July 14, 2013

I'll always remember his smiling face when he came to substitute at PHS,
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

James/Angela Avant

July 2, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Angel MZeda Andujar

July 2, 2013

Rusty and I shared some good and some terrifying moments while flying on Staff Assist visits, 1CEVG.He was always cheerful even when we were going to land at Barksdale with a flat tire. What a man! What a leader!God bless you,"Rusty".

Kelley Venable

July 1, 2013

Rusty was my customer when I worked at the bank back in the '80's. I had not thought about him in a long time.... but as soon as I saw his picture I remembered what a great guy he was. Always happy and ready to share a smile.

July 1, 2013

My families thoughts and prayers are with his family.
He will be missed.
Paul Fausto

Diane Bryson

July 1, 2013

Dear Bowman Family,
We are all sorry to hear about Rusty. Rusty was so great with my children - Robbie, Tammy and Tracy.

Sincerely,
Diane Bryson

BARBARA MORRIS

July 1, 2013

TO THE FAMILY OF RUSTY, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH RUSTY, WHEN HE ASK ME TO BE A BOARD MEMBER FOR THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU. WHAT A DEAR SWEET MAN HE WAS. HUGS AND PRAYERS DURING THIS TOUGH TIME.

Nico Hohman '07

July 1, 2013

Jesuit High School will remember Rusty with the placing of a brick in his honor in the Alumni Memorial Courtyard during the Alumni Memorial Mass on 11/3/13 on campus. A.M.D.G.

For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud

June 30, 2013

The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Wilfred (Rusty) Bowman our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Rusty. And to Rusty it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Rusty, we commend you for your honorable service. You are a true patriot, who served with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Rusty's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

James Maziarz, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101