OBITUARY

Mikel Fain Bowling

April 11, 1957October 15, 2018
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Iowa Park, TX – Mikel Fain Bowling, 61, of Iowa Park, TX was born on April 11, 1957 in Wichita Falls, TX to Earnest and Alberta Olene Bowling. He ended his journey on Monday, October 15, 2018 surrounded by his family. Mike graduated from Holliday High School in 1975 and attended Tarleton State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a minor in Education. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Janet Lee Boon, on June 6, 1981. Mike worked in education for 28 years teaching welding, woodworking, world history and driving a school bus for special needs students. He finished his career in Iowa Park CISD when he retired in 2013. Mike was a man of faith. Not faith in an idea but in Jesus. His faith was evident in the way he loved and served others but also in the way he lived life as he fought cancer for over six years. Mike was a man of peace through the whole experience and influenced so many of his friends, family, medical staff and other patients who consistently commented on his spirit and positive perspective. His hope was not based on being a good man, but rather his dependence on Jesus and the salvation he had accepted from Him. Jesus made the difference in Mike’s life and is the hope for all of us who look forward to seeing him again. If you wanted to find Mike, you would probably find him with his Janet or outside where he’d be mowing, sculpting mesquite bushes into real trees and feeding his catfish. His favorite helpers were his grandchildren, who were happy to fish, explore and burn mesquite stumps. They were and will continue to be his most cherished part of his legacy. Mike loved those kids and those kids love their Pops. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Faith Baptist Church in Iowa Park with Pastors Tim Franks and Boon Bowling officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Dutton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls. 4909 Johnson Road Wichita Falls, Texas 76310. Carrying his memory are his wife of 37 years, Janet Bowling; a son, Boon Bowling with wife, Jessica, and their three children, William Fain, Evan Luke, and Audrey Elaine; and son Ben Bowling with wife, Allison, and their four children, Mali Joy, Tenley Grace, Cora Brynn, and Karis Kate. His family also includes his brother, Burle and wife, Peggy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mikel Fain Bowling

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Trena Reck

October 22, 2018

I was so sad to hear of Mikel’s passing. He was a wonderful , sweet and gentle man. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Debra Barley

October 17, 2018

Janet please know how sorry I am to hear about Mikel. Lynn and I are sending hugs and prayers. God Bless you and your precious family from Lynn and Debra Barley
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Terry Dunlap

October 17, 2018

So sorry to hear about Mike. We went to college at Tarleton together and I hold a lot of fond memories and fun times with him.

Kari Snowden

October 17, 2018

Mr. Bowling always had smile for everyone he met. He was my son's bus driver and 6th grade history teacher. My son thought the world of him and still does. Prayers for the family as they travel through this difficult journey.

Ron & Linda Rowe

October 16, 2018

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone you’ve come to know and love as a brother in Christ. Looking back over the years it’s been a privilege to know the Bowling family as members of Faith Baptist Church and as educators and students of Iowa Park ISD. Janet you and Mikel raised two really fine sons and have been blessed with wonderful grandchildren. A blessing from God indeed! Linda and I took the opportunity to review old church directories and were pleased to see the Bowling Family beaming as usual with those smiles that stand out in a crowd. Mikel’s smile always made me wonder if he had been up to some kind of mischief. That’s coming from someone speaking from experience. Milkel has been added to Kingdom’s role as a resident and l’m looking forward to the day when I get there and get to see him again. Love in Christ, Ron & Linda Rowe

Deryl Roy

October 16, 2018

Sorry for your loss. He was always smiling when shopping at grocery store where I work and one of the friendliest people I have known.

Tricia Walker

October 16, 2018

Randy and I enjoyed being in Sunday school with the both of you. My favorite memory was at Penny's playing games. Who would have thought Mike cheated. Hahaha I loved his little giggle!♥️ Our prayers are with you.

Donald Brackeen

October 16, 2018

Rest in Peace Mike, I always enjoyed visiting with you when we occasionally met. You had that infectious smile that will always be remembered.. Prayers for your family as they adjust their lives without you.

Jessica (Richie) Martin

October 16, 2018

My deep regrets to the Bowling family. Mr. Bowling was one of my favorite teachers, I learned a lot from his class and still fondly look back on it. You will be greatly missed!!!

Saige Yarbrough

October 16, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. We will all miss him and the great smile he always had. May you find comfort and peace knowing he is with Jesus and knowing you all are loved by many.

Biography

Iowa Park, TX – Mikel Fain Bowling, 61, of Iowa Park, TX was born on April 11, 1957 in Wichita Falls, TX to Earnest and Alberta Olene Bowling. He ended his journey on Monday, October 15, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Mike graduated from Holliday High School in 1975 and attended Tarleton State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a minor in Education. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Janet Lee Boon, on June 6, 1981. Mike worked in education for 28 years teaching welding, woodworking, world history and driving a school bus for special needs students. He finished his career in Iowa Park CISD when he retired in 2013.
Mike was a man of faith. Not faith in an idea but in Jesus. His faith was evident in the way he loved and served others but also in the way he lived life as he fought cancer for over six years. Mike was a man of peace through the whole experience and influenced so many of his friends, family, medical staff and other patients who consistently commented on his spirit and positive perspective. His hope was not based on being a good man, but rather his dependence on Jesus and the salvation he had accepted from Him. Jesus made the difference in Mike’s life and is the hope for all of us who look forward to seeing him again.
If you wanted to find Mike, you would probably find him with his Janet or outside where he’d be mowing, sculpting mesquite bushes into real trees and feeding his catfish. His favorite helpers were his grandchildren, who were happy to fish, explore and burn mesquite stumps. They were and will continue to be his most cherished part of his legacy. Mike loved those kids and those kids love their Pops.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Faith Baptist Church in Iowa Park with Pastors Tim Franks and Boon Bowling officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Dutton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls. 4909 Johnson Road Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.
Carrying his memory are his wife of 37 years, Janet Bowling; a son, Boon Bowling with wife, Jessica, and their three children, William Fain, Evan Luke, and Audrey Elaine; and son Ben Bowling with wife, Allison, and their four children, Mali Joy, Tenley Grace, Cora Brynn, and Karis Kate. His family also includes his brother, Burle and wife, Peggy as well as numerous nieces and nephews.