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Donald Lowell Bowen, 86, of Colfax, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, at Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon. He was born on Aug. 23, 1930, in Colfax, to Everett M. and Marie H. (Smith) Bowen.
He married Marilyn Southard on Oct. 20, 1953, in Antioch; she survives.
Don, a 1948 graduate of Colfax High School, earned his bachelors degree in education from Indiana University, and his masters degree from Purdue University. He served in the United States Army in the Counter Intelligence Corps from 1953 to 1955.
Don taught math and science at Jackson Township, Thorntown, Colfax and Clinton Prairie high schools, beginning in 1952 and retiring in 1974. During his tenure at Thorntown, he served as assistant principal, athletic director and coach. Don farmed full time from 1974 until recently.
He was a member of Colfax United Methodist Church; a charter member of the Colfax Lions Club; past district governor and director of Lions International Eye Bank; along with receiving the W.P. Woods Award from Lions International. He was instrumental in developing the Lions Club Park in Colfax and laid out the original baseball field that is now named Don Bowen Field. His other memberships include Colfax EMS, and he served on the Colfax Public Library and Clinton County Hospital boards. Don loved to sing and play music by ear, especially the music that he composed. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles.
Surviving along with his wife Marilyn are his children, Rita (Jim) Neidlinger of Frankfort, Eric (Elaine) Bowen of Colfax, Anne (Shawn) Nash of Colfax and Amy (Mark) Heidt of Colfax; grandchildren, Adam Neidlinger (Marcus) of Chicago, Ill., Jill Bowen (fiance, Chris) of Colfax; Craig Bowen of Colfax; Shane (Holly) Heidt of Noblesville; Kyle (Bailey) Martin of Russiaville; Heather (Justin) Longenberger of Michigantown; Dekota Heidt of Frankfort; Drew Rodehan of Frankfort and Tori Martin of Colfax; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Earl; and a son-in-law, Jason Martin.
Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. today, Aug. 1, at the Colfax United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the church. Burial will follow in Plainview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Dons honor to Colfax Lions Club and the Alzheimers Association; envelopes available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.archerweston.com.
Published on August 1, 2017
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