Irene Bowman

Passed away on January 15, 2020

Irene Bowman, 79, died peacefully on the evening of January 15, 2020 in Mease Hospital, Dunedin, Florida with Ron at her side.

Irene was born to Henry Vernon Clark and Frances Craig Foy on Oct.27, 1940 in Greenwood, Mississippi. She lived there with her family until they all moved to Orlando, Florida. It was in Orlando that Ron met her, fell in love with her and asked her to marry him. He had recently returned from overseas service with the Air Force and was stationed in the service at the air base in Orlando. She accepted his proposal and they were married on Feb. 16, 1962. They lived in Orlando until Ron was discharged in Oct. 1962 and they moved to his hometown of Luverne, Minnesota. They lived with his parents for a while but then bought a small house in town. Jeffrey, was born on Jan. 12, 1963. Shortly thereafter, Ron took a job in Pipestone and they sold the home and moved. She started her life of moving again multiple times in job changes and one stop was Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin where Eric was born on Nov. 6, 1965. Another job change moved the family to Fargo, North Dakota. Jeff and Eric went thru the schools in Fargo and Ron got a job with Milwaukee Electric Tool and Irene was the Mom at home and loving and always being concerned of her family was her main interest.

In July 1987, Ron and Irene moved back to Florida with his company and she then worked for Smith and Nephew, a medical manufacturing company until they both retired in July 2001. They continued living in Dunedin, Florida in the house they first bought in 1987.

Irene is survived by her husband, her two sons and 5 grandchildren, Zachary, Alexander, Matthew, Christopher and Elizabeth and nieces and nephews and families in Florida. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister and two brothers-in-law.

She wanted to keep it simple and the family agreed with her wishes. She will be buried at a later date at Bay Pines National Cemetery in a very private family way. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association or charity of your choice in her name.

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January 21, 2020

This photo of Irene reminds me of her good humor and laughter when Ron/Irene would come to MN for a visit and we'd get together for dinner and catch up. Fun evenings. I can see from the photo, Ron must have been at her side then, too. Sending much love and caring for you, Ron, and your sons/grandsons as you remember all the love and caring Irene had for all of you.

Ellen Bennett (Umland)

January 21, 2020

I remember Irene'a warm welcoming smile. She was always ready to listen. I am carole's friend, and she has kept me updated. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May you feel God's loving arms around you

Renea Stone

January 21, 2020

Aunt Irene,
You will always hold a special place in my heart! ❤ I always felt loved by you.
As a child, I could always count on a birthday and Christmas surprise in the mail from my Aunt Irene and Uncle Ronnie...even when we were thousands of miles apart! an adult, not only did you remember my birthday, but my husband's and children's as well! In my 66 years, you never missed birthday!
I'm so grateful you and Uncle Ronnie moved to Florida, so that we were able to have so many precious memories of holidays with family....some with whom you are reuniting and rejoicing with in Heaven right now! I can picture all of your smiles as you hug Mom, Daddy, Me-me, Newt, and Mama Foy!
I miss them all more than words can express, and now I will miss you. But I will always have those treasured memories the rest of my life!
Thank you Aunt Irene for making me feel so loved!💗

Howard Knauer

January 20, 2020

My wife Susan and I met Irene through Jeff when I worked with Jeff in Minnesota. She and Ron were great parents who were always there for Jeff and his children. We formed a friendship that continued since the early 90’s as Jeff moved with us numerous times throughout the US. Irene and Ron came to visit Jeff and the grandkids no matter where we were. We helped them see Buffalo NY, Kansas City, Texas and Long Island. When we retired To Florida we met with them and Irene explained to Sue what Florida was like and helped us adapt. We fondly remember joining Irene and Ron with Jeff and his kids at family dinners which were joyful events. Irene was a kind, loving and caring individual who was always helping her children and grand children succeed and she will be truly missed by them and all who knew her. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Marley & Judi Lloyd

January 20, 2020

We met Irene (Renee) to us, & Ron in the late 60’s in Mankato Minnesota when both of our families were living in Lime Valley Trailer Court. We start playing cards, & then we. Found out that we all liked to play poker. Whether we came over to their place or ours, our 3 kids & their 2 kids always came along. Even after we moved into a house & Ron & Renee moved out in the Mapleton area, we still got together for poker. Ron & I were both into sales, so we just seem to hit it off really well. Judi & Renee also became very good friends. Miles eventually pulled us apart, but whether it was a phone call or a personal visit, our friendship always remained strong. Our thoughts of Renee brings smiles to our face & love in our hearts. Ron, we hope & pray that the many memories that you & Irene shared together will guide & comfort your during this very difficult time. Love to you & your family.

Judi & Marley Lloyd

Buddy Coon

January 20, 2020

Irene was always like a second mom to me. Jeff and I have been friends since early elementary school. She was always welcoming no matter how annoying I must have been. I think i was over at the Bowmans house more than mine in the summertime. There was always an offer of something, koolaid, iced tea, or milk (yes I do remember). Hospitality was second to none. As we got older she would make sure to ask how I was doing. It wasn't just an idle question that people ask. From Irene it was always sincere and you just knew if she could help you she would. I suspect that this was my first experience in true Southern hospitality. As a kid sometimes my mom would need to be gone from home for the day and I would always tell my mom if something happens I can always get help from Mrs. Bowman. My life was greatly enriched having known her she will be dearly missed.

Carole Hemme

January 20, 2020

When I first met Irene, I was just a 7th grader at Luverne Junior High school. She and I were the same height! But as the years went by, I grew and she would often ask me to reach for something on the upper level of a cupboard. No problem!
I spent a lot of time at their house(s)..both in Luverne and Pipestone, giving me the opportunity to spend time with my first nephew, Jeff! I was so honored to be included in this family unit!
Through the years, I always knew I could talk to Irene about anything and I am so going to miss this. Her smile and her laughter were addicting...and the hugs were warm and sincere. She has been taken way too soon. I’ll never forget you, Renee. God speed. Love you!!!

Kathy Litcher

January 19, 2020

You were one of my best friends.
We had a lot of good times together and some bad. But our friendship made it through 20 yrs.
You will be missed my friend
Love you