Dale W. Bowman, 90, of Kearney, NE formerly of Albion, NE, died Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Mount Carmel Home-Keens Memorial in Kearney, NE.
Dale Willis Bowman was born December 11, 1929 in Albion, NE to Guy S and Gladys Mable (Porter) Bowman. He was baptized and confi rmed at the United Methodist church in Albion. He attended District 4 Boone School and graduated from Albion High School in 1947. He farmed with his father until he was drafted into the Army in 1952. He served at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a Chemical Storage Specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1954 as a Sergeant.
Dale married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Eunice Engelbert on July 12, 1953 at the United Methodist Church in Albion, NE. After being discharged from the Army, Dale and Betty moved back to the farm in 1954, and Dale resumed farming with his father. Dale joined his father in the seed corn business, Beaver Valley Hybrid Seed Corn. Dale and Betty had 4 children, Kathryn, Julia, Debra, and John. Dale and Betty moved into Albion in 1983 and he fully retired from farming when he was 75.
Dale was a member of the United Methodist Church in Albion since his childhood. He was a member of Methodist Men and held various offices on the church board and was an usher for many years. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post # 162 and served as Post Commander and Forty and Eight. He was a member of Farm Bureau, Kiwanis, Boone County Ag Society, and Farmers Union. He and Betty were also members of Shufflers Dance Club, neighborhood pitch and pinochle clubs. They loved to dance, play cards, and visit. Dale and Betty travelled a lot later in life and visited many states in the U.S. as well as Hawaii. Dale cherished time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the many good times they had. Holidays were always very special. After retirement, Dale enjoyed coffee with friends.
Dale is survived by
his wife Betty of Kearney, NE; daughters: Kathy (Jim) Spiegel of Kearney, NE; Julie (David) Bohm of Kearney, NE; Deb (Gary) Mroczek of Gothenburg, NE; and son: John (Jean) Bowman of Albion, NE; grandchildren: Jessica (Ray) Johnson; Jenny (Jarrod) Calicchio; Simon (Jenna) Redler; Alaina Redler; David (Amanda) Redler; Tiffany (Aaron) Hansen; Nico ( Shelby) Bohm; Jacob (Joy) Fritton; Marie (Tyler) McConahay; Tannor (Brook) Mroczek; Taylor Mroczek; Emily Bowman; Benjamin Bowman; great-grandchildren: Austin, Brooklyn, and Daniel Johnson; Skyler, Trendon, and Kinley Tucker; Leo, Sophia, Layne Redler; Nyla, Camden, and Karrah Redler; Sloan and Henry Hansen; Lily and Adelaide Fritton; Zoey and Rowen McConahay; step-grandchildren: Heather Spiegel Ciboron; Jamie Spiegel Craig; Jarod Spiegel; Kelly Spiegel Korgel; and Matt Mroczek; 10 step-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Mary Adelia Bowman; Gladys Hamm; and brother: Alan Bowman; and 19 sisters-in-law and brothers in law.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Albion, NE with Rev. Janet Burgel officiating and military rites conducted by American Legion Post #162 and VFW Post #736 of Albion, NE, and the Army Funeral Honor Guard. Inurnment will be at a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery, Albion, NE. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, at the church.
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Levander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.levanderfuneralhome.com.