Song Taft Bowen

May 24, 1931July 3, 2012

A much loved husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, Song Bowen, 81, of Torrance, California, passed away on July 3, 2012, with his devoted family near. He bravely confronted and fought colon cancer starting June 2009.

Song Bowen was born to parents Song Man Soo and Song Baek Shee on May 24, 1931, in Seoul, Korea. Song has always been an example of poise and strength. He served in the ROK Marines, bravely standing by the people of Korea and the United States. In 1950 Song was sponsored and invited by the Bowen family to live in the United States.

Song was a valued friend, cultivating life-long relationships as a well-established bartender and service manager for over 30 years in the South Bay. His humble passion for family and adventure led to an active lifestyle. Song enjoyed traveling with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and regularly enjoyed long contemplative afternoon walks, evening nights of poker, and treating his family to his delicious recipes.

Song Bowen is survived by his wife, 75, Mihwa Bowen, and his children Ila, Elane, Rosie, Michelle, and Daphne; his grandchildren Leslie and husband Theo, Kevin, Marley, Danielle, Rochelle, and Alexander; his brother Won Il Song and wife In Ja Song; nephews Eddie and Jason Song, and niece Joyce Song.

Condolences may be sent to: The Bowen Family c/o Halverson, Stone & Myers Mortuary 1223 Cravens Avenue Torrance, CA 90501


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2012
  • Viewing Friday, July 13, 2012

Song Taft Bowen

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Pat Lehman McFarlane

July 22, 2012

I appreciated the gift of knowing Leslie's grandpa Song. What rich memories she has of his love throughout the years. I was honored to meet Mr. Bowen when my son Theo married Leslie. Mr. Bowen was welcoming to me and my daughter when we visited in California. He and his wife cooked the best salmon dinner I have ever eaten and shared it with us! I am grateful too that he was a wonderful role model of caring and love for Theo. May God bless and keep all of the family members as you grieve the loss of father and grandfather. Blessings,
Pat Lehman McFarlane

Jackie Sturchio-Webber

July 20, 2012

Dear Mihwa, Elaine and Ila ... I am so deeply saddened to learn of Song's passing. He was indeed a wonderful man and a very dear friend. My husband, Pete, joins me in sending you and the entire family our deepest symphathies. We feel so honored to have known such a special man. Much love and aloha to you, all.


July 18, 2012

Dear dad I know you are in heaven watching over us. I want you to know how much I love you and miss you. I couldn't have asked for a better father. Although we as a family are grieving knowing your in heaven and knowlonger suffering gives us comfort. Thankyou for being my dad.

Andy Suh

July 14, 2012

May your many, many wonderful memories comfort you all. It was a lovely celebration of life tonight and I'm so thankful to have been in the presence of so many of Mr. Song's loved ones and friends.