William “Bill” Lester Bowden, 92, of Lincoln NE

William “Bill” Lester Bowden was born to Clarence Miles and Hazel Charlotte (Lester) Bowden April 5, 1923 on a farm two miles west of Tekamah, Nebraska. He passed away June 27, 2015 at The Legacy Retirement Community in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 92 years.

He was four years old when his mother passed away, and was raised by his grandparents, Eli and Lenora Bowden. He attended kindergarten through high school in Tekamah, graduating with the class of 1941.

During his freshman year in high school, he met Betty Lou Hart of Herman, Nebraska. They were married June 25, 1944 in Shiloh, North Carolina, while Bill was stationed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina at the US Coast Guard Air Station. He worked for Consumers Public Power (now NPPD) for 34 years, retiring in 1981. After retirement they moved to a farm near Adams, Nebraska to watch their grandchildren grow up.

Bill served in the United States Coast Guard from September 5, 1941 to October 27, 1945 – four years, one month and 22 days, as he liked to say. After his discharge, he attended radio/TV technology school in Washington, DC, and returned to Tekamah in the spring of 1947. He was a member of the Tekamah American Legion Post #15, VFW Post #3304, and was a 60+ year member of the Masonic Lodge in Tekamah.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters, Janice Bowden of Tekamah, Sharon (Bill) Hitzeman of Lincoln; two sisters, Joan Stenson and Carol (Larry) Moyer of Colme, SD; grandchildren, Ryon (Maggie) Hitzeman of Salina, KS, Annie (Shawn) Othmer of Tecumseh, NE; great grandchildren, Austin and Olivia Hitzeman, Emma, Sydnie and Shawna Othmer; numerous nieces and nephews.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Tekamah. MASONIC SERVICE by Tekamah Masonic Lodge #31 A.F. & A.M. following the memorial service at the church.

MEMORIAL VISITATION: one hour prior to services at the church.

BURIAL: Tekamah Cemetery with MILITARY HONORS by VFW Bataan Post #3304 and American Legion LaFrenz Post #15

MEMORIALS: VFW Bataan Post #3304, American Legion LaFrenz Post #15, or donor’s choice.

Please feel free to send your condolences to the family.
Each condolence will be printed and given to the family after the service.

William Bowden

William Bowden


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