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Vernon "Nick" Charles Bowen

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(5-16-14) Vernon "Nick" Charles Bowen

Born on May 20, 1929 to Enos and Luella Bowen

Marries October 30, 1954 to Alice Mae Sheffer

Passed on: May 16, 2014.

Nick was preceded in death by parents Enos and Luella, and brother Enos

"Bud" Bowen, Jr.

Nick was an avid antique collector and proud owner of "The Village

Shoppe", located on Main Street in Alma Center for many years.

Nick retired after a long career as a Carpenter with Janesville

Construction and Ruzic Construction, building bridges throughout

Wisconsin. Nick's hobbies included tracing his family roots through

years of research and correspondence with libraries, historical

agencies, and distant family member across the United States,

England, and Europe. Nick loved planting and maintaining his

many gardens, flower beds, and fish pond in his yard at his Alma

Center home.

Nick served in the US Navy as well as on the Alma Center Village

Board and assisted in the development of the Meadow View

Addition. Nick also helped in beautifying the Turtle Pond at the

edge of town and could often be seen having coffee at the Square,

or on the road on his way to visit his sisters and friends around the

surrounding communities. Most of all, Nick was a loving, caring,

son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.

Nick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alice (Sheffer) Bowen,

daughters Julie Swall, Kansas City, MO, Janie Frisbie of

Independence , MO and Todd and Tammy Bowen, Alma Center.

Sisters Dorothy (Edson) Gearing and Gwen (Dale) Overlien of

Black River Falls, Gladys (Richard) Santas of Wonewoc, and Carol

(John) Ibinger of Blair. His grandchildren, Trever Anger, Liz & Brad

Ullery, Andrea Swall and Laura Guscott, Gabe Gronniger, Gracie

and Ian Billings, Mac Bowen, Lexie Bowen, Alex Frisbie, and Annie

Frisbie. Great Grandchildren Allison Anger, Hannah, Lily, and Ben

Ullery. Brother-in-law Kenneth (Lou) Sheffer of Eagle River and

sister-in-law Kathy Keller of Indianapolis, IN.

There will be a celebration of Nick's life on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at

Nick and Alice's home in Alma Center from 1-5 pm for family and


The family asks that memorials be given to the Black River

Memorial Hospital Hospice program or the Alma Center Community

Improvement Club.


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