Chad Aaron Bowlin

May 21, 1974August 28, 2018
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Chad Aaron Bowlin, 44, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Indianapolis. Chad was born on May 21, 1974 in Kokomo to Chester Bowlin and Shirley (Jones) Cox. Chad graduated from Kokomo High School in 1992. He was married to Jamie (Richardson) on October 31, 1995 in Kokomo, and she survives. Chad had worked at Subaru Automotive of Lafayette for 8 years. Chad was an avid fan of various genres of music and had an extensive record collection. He also enjoyed watching horror movies and wrestling, and was an animal lover. Above all, Chad loved spending time with his family and enjoyed hiking outdoors with his sons. In addition to his parents and wife, Chad is survived by his sons, Alexander (Ashley) Bowlin, Julian Bowlin, and Jackson Bowlin; sisters, Sherri (Jimmie) Woodring and Sandra Lyding; father and mother in law, Roger and Dana Bowman; brother-in-law, Donovan Richardson; sister-in-law, Misty Bowman; grandchildren, Harrison, Bella, and Colton; nephews, Jason (Andrea) Vogel, Joshua (Ashley) Vogel, and Andrew Bowlin; great-nephew, Ashton Vogel; and cousins, Sarah Jones and Will Jones. Chad was preceded in death by four grandparents and a brother, Jeffery Bowlin. There will be a public visitation for Chad held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 4th from 10-2, with a funeral service immediately following. Memorial contributions in Chad’s name may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society.


  • Chester Bowlin, Father
  • Shirley Cox, Mother
  • Jamie Bowlin, Wife
  • Jeffery Bowlin, Brother
  • Sherri Woodring, Sister
  • Sandra Lyding, Sister
  • Alexander Bowlin, Son
  • Julian Bowlin, Son
  • Jackson Bowlin, Son
  • Roger Bowman, Father-in-law
  • Dana Bowman, Mother-in-law
  • Donovan Richardson, Brother-in-law
  • Misty Bowman, Sister-in-law
  • Jason Vogel, Nephew
  • Joshua Vogel, Nephew
  • Andrew Bolin, Nephew
  • Ashton Vogel, Great Nephew
  • Sarah Jones, Cousin
  • Will Jones, Cousin
  • Chad also leaves his grandchildren, Harrison, Bella, and Colton to cherish his memory

  • Will Jones
  • Jason Vogel
  • Joshua Vogel
  • Jimmie Woodring
  • Tom Huffman
  • Andrew Bowlin


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Chad Aaron Bowlin

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Mary Copeland

August 31, 2018

Chad Bowlin was one of the most sensitive, loving, funny people I have ever had the priviledge of knowing. He was a family man who loved nothing more than being together with all of them. I met he and his wonderful family probably around 18 years ago. Little did I know then that he and his family would become a part of my family. I loved Chad like a son! And he loved nothing more than to make me laugh when he was around. He called me his Mountain Mamma. lol I deserved that I guess being from the hills of WV. You were so very loved by so many and that is quite a testament in its own right. Fly high in your next adventure sweet man.

Kathy Martin

August 31, 2018

My heart goes out to the Bowlin family for the loss of Chad. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Spencer Traylor

August 30, 2018

I often tell my life story with the phrase "I was raised by a family of women". This is usually to lead into the fact that my childhood consisted of mostly being taken care of by my mother, my grandmother, and my great grandmother, but there was another group of people, so loving and caring that even though they were not technically immediate family I knew I could always call their home my home as well. That family is the Bowlin family, where I grew up alongside my 'brother' Julian, and his parents who treated me like one of their own, Chad and Jamie. Losing Chad isn't just losing a second uncle in law, or whatever he would be technically. It is losing a father, and an excellent one at that. Rest in peace Chad.



      If there was ever a person who wanted to heal anything ailing, it was Chad Aaron Bowlin. He was an idealist who sought to bring calm to those around him. Even though Chad was enthusiastic and generous, it was sometimes difficult for him to boast about his accomplishments. Chad had strong personal convictions, making it hard for him to relinquish those ideals he held dearest to himself. Despite his outer strengths and beliefs, Chad sometimes struggled in his efforts to see the world as completely positive. Chad's life motto followed that of The Dude. He was laid back, relaxed and tried not to worry about the little things..

      Chad was born on May 21, 1974 at Howard Community in Kokomo, IN. His parents were Shirley Jones Cox and Chester Bowlin. Chad was raised in Kokomo, IN. As a youngster, Chad demonstrated an excellent vocabulary and command of language. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life. Even at a young age, Chad was sensitive to his parents’ moods and worked hard to please them and live up to their expectations.

      Throughout his life, Chad showed a remarkable ability of humor. Even though he had some struggles with family dynamics, he loved them all. Chad was raised with 3 siblings. He had two older sisters, Sherri and Sandy and one older brother Jeffrey. Chad was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Chad and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As a young boy, Chad lived a childhood filled with fantasy. He was generally in pursuit of his own identity, but he was also adaptable to almost any situation he faced. In his spare time he liked comic books, hanging out with friends, watching wrestling. Chad's memorable achievements included being a boy scout. However, to Chad, the most fun to be had was simply playing, and spending time with his many friends.

      High school was a time for Chad to have fun. He enjoyed just being around friends and had a knack for bringing out the fun. Chad had a love of singing. Even though he didn't take school too seriously, he was extremely smart. He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1992. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Choir. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Bolonger and Mrs. Curry. Playing baseball and singing in choir.

      While those who did not know him well found Chad to be somewhat reserved until they got to know him, he was an authentic and devoted friend. Chad was a tranquil person, with an easygoing and open-minded attitude towards life. He was always there with open arms for his friends when they needed someone to talk to or a shoulder to lean on. While growing up, some of his best friends were Justin Richardson, Jason Gonzalez, Ben Phillips, Chris Brown, Ismael Rogers, Mark Mayfield, Travis Gunther. Later in life, he kept the same friends and made new ones at the places he worked.

      The desire for romance was always present in Chad's life. Chad cared passionately for Jamie. His deep loyalty and a strong commitment to his vows brought a sense of completeness to their marriage.

      Chad was a gentle person who held deep feelings for his children. He enjoyed having fun with his kids and was at times fiercely protective of them. Chad showed great empathy in his willingness to give every family member a voice in family decisions. He was blessed with three childern, Three sons, Alex and Julian and Jackson. They were also blessed with Three grandchildern, Harrison, Bella and Colton.

   Chad's first job was Little Ceasers and then Rally's where he first met Jamie. He had many jobs but loved his job at the bowling alley the best. Him and his family have many wonderful memories of hanging out there with him. Unfortunately, he had to move on to a higher paying job. His primary occupation was assembly. He was employed at Subaru Of Indiana. Chad always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done. He was very proud to work at Subaru.

      Chad enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were collecting records and movies, watching wrestling, hanging out with his family. Chad wanted everyone to join in the fun he was having and always shared his finds and enthusiasm .

      Chad's tremendous enthusiasm for the activities he enjoyed also influenced the pleasure he drew from sports. In high school, Chad played baseball and football. Recreational sports included bowling. Chad also enjoyed watching sports and liked following his favorite teams whenever he got the chance to do so. Tops on his list were football. The Colts we his team and he also cheered for the Bears.

      Chad was an eternal idealist, and his deep concern for others made him a valuable asset to the many clubs and organizations to which he belonged. Because he truly wanted to make a difference, Chad was actively involved in these kinds of groups throughout his life. Chad was passionate in his beliefs and being a very skilled communicator, he could really come alive when involved in a project. In high school, Chad was a member of the choir.

      Chad enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. Taking trips provided the chance for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and see new things. Favorite vacations included Mammoth Cave, Jacksonville FL, Memphis TN, Washington DC, Lake Michigan.

      Chad was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Chad's favorites was Bear. His family was rounded out by his 2 dogs Zoey and Pedro, 7 cats Marnie, Jake, Sadie, Maximus, Mikey, Spike and The Kid.

      Chad passed away on August 28, 2018 at IU Methodist Hospital. Chad survived a ruptured aneurysm for 3 weeks and was recovering before succumbing to his illness. He is survived by his wife Jamie; 3 children Alex, Julian and Jackson; mother, Shirley Cox; sisters Sherri and Sandy; grandchildren Harrison, Bella and Colton; cousins Will and Sarah; nephews Josh and Jason; uncle Jim; parents in law Roger and Dana; sister and brother in law Misty and Donavon and Jimmie. Chad was laid to rest in Sunset Memory Gardens Kokomo, IN.

      Chad Aaron Bowlin was someone who was funny, loving and calming. He loved very deeply and he was loved deeply. He had a laid back attitude and just wanted to chill out with his family when he could. He was always trying to plan something fun for his family to enjoy together. Family was everything to Chad. Everyone that knew Chad has been better for knowing him. His singing out of the blue and ability to pull any information about movies and music was extraordinary. He will truly be missed forever and until the end of time.