Born 5:30 A.M. Sunday, October 20, 1929 at Island Creek MD to Thomas Monnett and Evelyn Hance Bowen. He enjoyed gardening and going down on the family farm – Meadowcreek Farm.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter, Susan Diane Bowen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 1/2 years, Betty Rawlings Bowen, daughter Patricia Lynn, Sons – William Stuart and Harry Michael and his wife Theresa Chaney Bowen. Grandchildren, Bonnie Marie Donahue and her husband Jeff, William Stuart “Bo” Bowen and wife Heather, and Ashley M. Scott and husband Tommy. Great Grandchildren, Taylor Elizabeth Stock, Logan Thomas Bowen, Colin Michael Gribble, Fiona Claire Scott, and Alana Paige Scott. Step-Great Grandchildren, Tyler Hite, Nyla Christiani and Delilha Escalona.
Sisters, Evelyn Elizabeth Bowen, Martha Sewell Bowen Jones, and Brother Douglas Rodney “D.O.” Bowen and his wife Jean. Sister-in-law, Esther R. Cox and her husband, Fred. Several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Educated in Calvert County Public Schools, attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel ). Graduate of DeVry University with a Masters Electrician License. Life-long member of the United Methodist Church, joining Huntingtown U M Church at the age of 12 years, was a member of the youth choir and the youth fellowship. Attended Trinity United Methodist Church and served on committees such as Finance, U M Men, SPPRC. Returned to Waters Memorial United Methodist Church where the family membership dates back to 1843. Served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, was Treasurer of Building Committee and Chairman of Administrative Council, Staff Pastor Parish Relation Committee and Finance Committee. Took an active part in the Fund Raising Committee as Advertising Chairman and the Board of Trustees as Treasurer. He also enjoyed singing in the Gospel Choir.
In 1948 was instrumental in the formation of the Maryland National Guard Unit Co “A” 121st Engineer Bn. at Prince Frederick, MD. Achieved the rank of CWO 2
And served in the Army Reserves for a total of 13 years.
William served the people of Calvert County his entire lifetime through his business of 43 years in the appliance and Propane gas service and through public service. One of his favorite Bible verses was from Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord.” Served as President of the Maryland Propane Gas Association from 1986-1987. Was elected to serve on the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners from 1982-1990 and served as President for five years. Served as President of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland from 1985-1987.
Was appointed by the Calvert County Board of Education to study the feasibility of the Vocational Education Program, resulting in the Calvert Career Center we now have. Also served on the Calvert Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for 17 years and on the Board of Directors of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce for 5 years.
William was also active in many organizations including, Lions Club, Charter Member of St. Leonard VFRS – Co.7, Elks Club, a 32nd Degree Mason, Maryland Farm Bureau, Scottish Rite, PaPoPeake Shriners Club and the Bomui Temple.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, MD. Viewing will be held at Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, on Wednesday July 1, 2015from 2 to 4 P.M. and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday July 2, 2015, 11 A.M. at Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD. Burial following the service at Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, MD.
In lieu of Flowers, please make contributions to Waters Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, or Calvert Hospice: Burnett-Calvert Hospice house.