More detail on this person: Bob Bowles, 81, a loving husband, father and grandfather, died
Friday, May 23, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wiley Funeral Home. Interment:
Acton Cemetery. Visitation: with family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral
home. Bob was born Nov. 16, 1932, in Cabool, Mo., to Leonard and Eva Bowles. He attended high
school in Vandalia, Ill., and college in Fulton, Mo. In 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army,
where he served a tour of duty in Korea and two separate tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter
and airplane pilot. He received numerous distinguished medals and retired in 1974 as a lieutenant
colonel. Bob then went on to work for several different state agencies in Austin and retired after
20 years. He loved to travel and, most of all, he enjoyed playing golf. Preceding him in death were
his father, Leonard Bowles; mother, Eva Bowles; first wife and mother of his children, Dodie Bowles;
and a grandson, J.J. Huddleston. Survivors: Wife of five years, Nellie Bowles; daughters, Lisa
Robertson and husband, Ricky, of DeCordova, Karen George and husband, David, of Austin and Julie
Morgan of Burleson and her children, Cole and Keely; and sister, Kay Hammond and husband, Chuck,
of Mount Vernon, Ill.
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I knew Capt. Bowles very well...I first met him at Ft. Wolters where he was The Company Commander of The 1st WOC Company, where I was a new trooper just beginning flight school.
After graduating from flight school, I arrived at the 128th AHC in Vietnam and found Bob Bowles also serving there. He served as Gunslinger 36 after Col. Kitterman left and then, If memory serves me, was transferred to the 173rdAHC Robinhoods to serve as Company Commander.
He was a good man. May he Rest In Peace.
From: Gunslinger 34 "Doc" Daugherty
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