Wallace J. Bowlen Jr.

March 15, 1951July 3, 2012

Wallace J. “Joe” Bowlen Jr., 61 of Waynesburg, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was born March 15, 1951 in Waynesburg, a son of the late Wallace J. Bowlen Sr. and Dorothy R. Peteritis Bowlen. Mr. Bowlen was a graduate from Jefferson-Morgan High School in 1969 and he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Mr. Bowlen was a retired coal miner retiring from Emerald Coal Mine in Waynesburg. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 2258, the Veterans of Foreign Wars 4793, the American Legion Post 330 and a life member of the DAV 123, all of Waynesburg. Mr. Bowlen loved fishing, camping, and spending time with his family. On August 31, 2004 he married Lois Higgins, who survives. Also surviving are nine children, Richard (Tracy) Bowlen of Lancaster, Dawn E. (Ethan) Melzer of Waynesburg, Emily G. (Clyde) Dunfee of Waynesburg, Amy Bowlen of Chapel Hill, NC, Tina (Lance) Atkinson of Nashville, TN, Paul Shaffer of Waynesburg, Robert (Jamie) Humphreys of Waynesburg, Meggan Thompson of Waynesburg, and Sarah Humphreys of Waynesburg; nineteen grandchildren, Jessica, Charles, Allie, Austin, Noelle, Richard, Keira, Jordan, Claudia, Klaire, Frankie, Kaleena, Maria, John James, Bishop, Alora, Jason, Gabriel, and Trista; and a brother, Daniel (Linda) Bowlen of Rices Landing; three sisters, Emma (Joe) Sustersic of Warren, OH: Sandy Schnable of Crucible; and Susan (Ray) Simmons of Crucible. Deceased are a grandson, Richard CJ Bowlen; a sister, Lori Bowlen; and a brother, William P. Bowlen. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8, Friday in the Behm Funeral Home, Inc., 1477 Jefferson Road, Jefferson, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor, where services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 7, 2012 with Pastor Cathie Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in Greene County Memorial Park, Jefferson Road, Waynesburg. Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion #330, VFW #4793, the D.A.V. #123 and the United States Navy. Condolences may be expressed online at


  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2012

Wallace J. Bowlen Jr.

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robert humphreys

March 11, 2013

Really gonna miss you you are all i can think made my mom so happy it has been a long time since she was that happy i could tell that you two completed each other. Though our time together wasnt as long as i wished you taught me more than i could have ever learned on my own and for those memories i am greatful. I am taking care of mom for you i know she cant wait to see you again and neither can i thank you for everything you did for me and my sisters. I hope im at least half the dad that u didnt have to be. I love u always

January 27, 2013

Joe,my brother, my friend.......I don't think any of us will ever get over losing you. We did not misplace you,we know exactly where you are!!! Your first Christmas in Heaven. I bet you had a beer with Jesus and everyone else. When I do not feel strong enough to walk with my crazy knee,I feel your hand in mine and you help me,as I know God is holding the other , we carry on. Many times we all held each others hands. With my hand in yours we have walked thru many hills and valleys. We were really blessed when Mom and Dad gave us each other. Em, Dan, Susie, and I are missing you, with our hands in yours, we continue to climb thru the hills and valleys of our lives......You are loved, and missed very much........Sandy

Lois Bowlen

December 20, 2012

Not a Day goes by that I don't think of you... My Heart Aches to hold you again... I will Love You Always!!! Until we are together again!!!

Dennis and Gail Snyder

August 10, 2012

To Sonja and the kids Richard, Dawn and Gwen. It is hard to believe that Joe has passed away. Our memories are still very clear. We will always remember coming to your home in Brave and all the work all of you did to the house. Your family always made us feel special and welcome. The little church in Brave that we attended the times we were there for Easter was wonderful. The time Gwen came up to our house to go with Richard to his prom will never be forgotten. My dad Albert, really enjoyed talking and spending time with Joe. Throwing horseshoes always seemed like such a pleasure to Joe. He will always be in our memories. Love, Dennis, Gail, Richard and Nicki.

Rick Morris

July 13, 2012

Wally was my best buddy when we both attended Washington Institute of Tech for 2 years and graduated together after he left Emerald. We had lunch everyday together and spent all of our breaks and time together. He was a great person and always made me laugh. I sold him my Toyota pickup back then. My heart goes out to the family and may God be with you in your time of sorrow.

dawn bowlen melzer

July 10, 2012

Love you dad and I'm gonna miss you soooo very much, you were the best dad anyone could ask for and meant so much to your gradnchildren, we will honor your memory forever by living life just as you did, spreading love and smiles wherever you went....

melissa shipley

July 9, 2012

We just found out today Lois..We can't believe what happened. If you ever need someone to talk to we are here..Sincerely the Shipley Family.

Kristin Gilbert

July 8, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad sounds like a remarkable man. You and your family are in my thoughts.

July 7, 2012

Sandy and Emma you have my deepest sympathy. You are all in my thoughts.Patty Santucci Radjenovic

Debbie Peteritis/Georgetti

July 7, 2012

to the Bowlen family, our hearts and prayers are with you all. So sorry about your loss. Love you all, Uncle Joe, Aunt Madelyn, cousins David,Debbie, Matthew, Brandon, Carly, Amy, and Gary.