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February 3, 2013

James E. Bowen Sr.

ELK RAPIDS — James E. Bowen Sr., 77, passed away at Munson Medical Center on Jan. 27, 2013. He was born in Detroit to Thomas Floyd and Fidella Bowen.

James started work at the age of 16 at a heat steel plant. Through hard work and dedication, he worked his way up to management and retired at the age of 58 as vice president of the company.

After retirement, he and his wife of 57 years, Shirley, built a house on Elk Lake.

James was a very active man. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and walking around his hometown of Elk Rapids.

James was a big Detroit Tigers fan and coached his kids in Little League.

He made friends easily as he was a very helpful and caring person.

James is survived by his wife, Shirley (Ball) Bowen; and sons, James (Sandy) Bowen Jr., Craig (Evanne) Bowen and Kurt (Barb) Bowen. Also surviving are grandchildren, Lindsay, Kyle, Mikayla, Josh, Jamie, Travis, Erin and Roxanne; one great-grandson, Noah; and siblings, Thomas, Ruthanne and Dale.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 3 p.m., at The First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids, with the Reverend Dr. Andrew Martinez officiating.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

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