Melvin Kenneth Bowen

Born May 1, 1929

Melvin K. Bowen, 81 of LaGrange, passed away Friday, November 5, 2010 at his home. He was a native of Bloomingdale, IN and a retired employee of Farm Bureau Insurance Co. with 42 years of service. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 101st Airborne Div.. He was a member of the Ballardsville Baptist Church, American Legion Post #0200. Mel was proud of his God and his Country.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Ruth Bowen; a brother, Malcolm Bowen.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years the former Phyllis McElroy Bowen; daughters, Terri Pryor (Jeff), Bloomington, IN, Dawn McDonald (Keith), LaGrange, KY; three grandsons, Jason Pryor (Tiffini), Indianapolis, IN, Rev. Justin McDonald (Jessica), Campbellsville, KY, Brandon Pryor, Indianapolis, IN; three great grandchildren; 20 nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Funeral service 11:00 AM Tuesday at Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home, 311 West Jefferson St. LaGrange, KY with burial to follow in Floydsburg Cemetery.

Visitation at the funeral home on Monday from 3:00 – 8:00 PM.

A special thank you to Hosparus of Louisville and Baptist Hospital North East. Memorial donations to Ballardsville Baptist Church, Hosparus of Louisville or your favorite charity.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 9, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, November 1, 2010

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David Smith

June 27, 2011

I wanted to express my sympathy. Mel's mother Ruth was a first cousin to my mother, Mildred Smith.


November 9, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bowen was a great man, and that was so easy to see in the short time I knew him. I am glad that I had the opportunity to get to know your wonderful family. I will never forget you. Mr. Bowen, thank you for your impact in this world, you will be greatly missed!

Betty Meyers

November 8, 2010

Phyllis, so sorry to hear of Mel's passing. So many fond memories from Farm Bureau days. Ed and I are asking God to surround you with His love and the love of your family and friends during this difficult time.

November 7, 2010

Bowen Family So sorry for your great loss.We have the greatest memories, especially of our boating fun. Sincerely, Shirley and Jim Batts. Jamestown, Ky.

George Mangus

November 7, 2010

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

November 7, 2010

Bowen Family-
I was very sad to hear of the loss of your precious Melvin. When someone we love dies, it leaves an empty spot in our hearts which could never be filled by anyone else. Soon, in a new world of god's making, all pain, suffering and sickness will all be gone forever. Until then, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
A friend.