Marvin T. Bowen

Marvin T. Bowen, age 82, of Philip, died Thursday evening, December 15, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, Vernon Burns, vocalist, JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Loren Kiel and Bill Gottsleben. Pallbearers were Paul and Dwight Slovek, Marvin Eide, Walter Van Tassel, Chuck Carstensen and Lawrence Schofield.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip, were in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Marvin Thompson Bowen was born February 13, 1923, at Henry, SD, the son of Charles Henry and Minnie (Thompson) Bowen. As a young boy he moved with his parents to the Wall area and later to the Cottonwood area. He received his education in the Cedar Butte area north of Wall. When he was 11 years of age, his father froze to death, so Marvin left home to work and support the family. He worked as a farm and ranch hand in the Philip and Wall communities.

Marvin served in the United States Army during WWII, serving in the Asiatic Pacific. After his honorable discharge on December 2, 1946, he moved to the Ottumwa area where he made his home with his sister, Wanda and Jim Heeb. Marvin did various jobs in the Ottumwa area.

Marvin was united in marriage to Lois Jean Harry on September 21, 1949, at a Lutheran parsonage in Rapid City. They made their home on a farm-ranch in the Pedro area and later to the Hilland area before moving to the Deep Creek area where they farmed and ranched. In 1956, they moved onto the Harry farm-ranch at Ottumwa where they resided until March 1968, when they purchased the Gee place on the north fork of the Bad River in the Grindstone community.

His wife, Lois Jean, preceded him in death on March 3, 1980. Marvin continued to make his home on the farm-ranch until September 2001 when he moved into the Senechal apartments. In January 2003, due to health reasons, he moved into the Philip Nursing Home.

Marvin was baptized and confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. He was a member of the United Church of Philip, and the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173 of Philip.

Grateful for having shared his life include his two daughters, Karen Bowen-Raymond and her husband, Thomas, of Batesland, SD, and Karla Whiting and her husband, Steve, of Aberdeen, SD; one son, Kyron Bowen and his wife, Barb, of Philip; five grandchildren: Carrie, Callie and Kenneth Raymond, and Marshall and Austin Bowen; two great-granddaughters, Mayson and Tommy Jo; two sisters, Wanda Heeb of Philip and Irene Triolo of Springfield, OR; one sister-in-law, Juanita Bowen of Philip; special nieces, Barb Kroetch of Philip and Barb Esser of Coeur d'Alene, ID; numerous other nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Lois Jean, Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Odie Dale Bowen.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com