Robert C. Bowman
Robert C. Bowman, 88, of Sayre, PA, and formerly of Centerville, PA, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. He was the loving husband of Harriet (Combs) Bowman. The couple married Jan. 29, 1948 and had 69 happy years together.
Bob was born on March 27, 1928 in Wellsburg, NY, son of the late Hiram and Mildred (Cornell) Bowman. He grew up in the Wellsburg area and resided in Centerville for many years before moving to Sayre. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for Schuyler Lumber Company in Wellsburg before becoming a self-employed building contractor, from which he retired in 2010. He was a founding member and first Fire Chief of the Ridgebury Fire Company and was United Methodist by faith.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Harriet; his daughter and her husband, Dianne and Dean Bennett of Laceyville; his son and his wife, Bill and Winnie Barrett Bowman of Centerville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild. He is also survived by his sisters and their husbands, Marcia and Harry Green of Elmira, NY, and Mary Ann and Bob Weiss of Horseheads, NY, along with several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, as well as three brothers and two sisters.
Family and friends gathered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at Roberts Funeral Home, Inc., 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. The funeral service to honor Bob’s life was held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Ashland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Ridgebury Fire Company, 13248 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett, PA 16925.