Richard Alvin Bowman Sr., 86, of Danville, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at the Veteran's Hospital Palliative Care Unit with family by his side. Richard was born Nov. 12, 1929. The son of Clarence and Etta (Porter) Bowman in Fisher, Ill. The family moved to Danville when Richard was young and he attended Danville Schools graduating from Danville High School. He went into the air force in 1948.
On July 2, 1950, he married the love of his life, Jacqueline Tabels, after a three year courtship. Richard worked for C&EI/L&N/CSX Railroad, starting out in the yards and eventually as an engineer from 1950 to his retirement in 1983.
Richard was a member of Mason's 980, Gao Grotto and other organizations throughout his life. He was a Master Gardner, he loved growing his famous tomatoes, white orchids and huge garden every year. He was a carpenter, he worked on cars, especially restoring antique cars. He was a jack-of-all-trades. He loved people and life. After retirement, Richard and Jackie traveled to Florida and Texas for the winters. Visiting family in Florida and their daughter, Nancy, in Texas.
Richard is survived by his wife of 65 years; his children, Linda (Gary) Vancamp, Debi (Marv) Davis, Nancy Crain, Richard (Laura) Bowman Jr. and Cheryl (Louis) Worrall. He had nine grandchildren, Jeff (Theresa) Vancamp, Karen (Eric) Crain Agre, Michelle (Rudy) Crain Perez, Amber (Aaron) Bowman Todd, Heather (Jim) Davis Spencer, Steven (Monica) Crain, Coty Worrall, Joshua Bowman, Cheyenne (fiancé Cody Erwin) Worrall. Richard also has 18 great-grandchildren.
Richard was proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Bowman; a sister, Wilma (Bowman) Harrison; and a grandson, Thomas Christopher Vancamp.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Heidale officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Funeral will be Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
PLEASE NO FLOWERS, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Danville, The Veterans Hospital Palliative Care Unit of Danville, or donor's choice. Please join Richard's family in sharing photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Your wings were ready but our hearts are not, we will miss you.