Ed Bowles, 72, of Marion, passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home.
He was born on April 11, 1941, in Sunfield, the son of Robert and Eva (Short) Bowles.
Ed was a 1959 graduate of Harrisburg Township High School in Harrisburg. After college, at the age of age 23, Ed began working at Southern Illinois Power Cooperative on Lake of Egypt in 1964. He remained working for SIPC for the nearly 43 years until his retirement in early 2007, as superintendent of operations.
He was united in marriage to Betty (Absher) Fox in 1994, at Townsend, Tenn., located in the Smokey Mountains.
Together they have shared 18-plus years of a loving marriage.
Ed was of the Protestant faith and loved his Lord. He will be remembered as a devoted loving husband, and as Bud or Buddy to his family and childhood friends. He loved his job and had an exceptional work ethic, highly thought of by his co-workers. Ed had a great sense of humor, was a great neighbor, loved his yard and outdoors and had a love for his pets. His kindness was extended to all and he loved taking care of people that had a need. Ed was a man of small stature, however, his presence was heads above most men. He will be greatly missed by all and the many memories that have been created will be treasured by those he now leaves behind.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Absher) Bowles of Marion; son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Sheila Bowles of Marion; step-son, Colonel Kevin Fox, USAF and wife, Linda currently stationed in Germany; three grandchildren, Dalton Bowles of Marion, Emilee Bowles of Marion and Tyler and (Jaela Doss) Bowles of Crab Orchard; great-granddaughter, Rilee Bowles of Crab Orchard; brother and sister-in-law, David and Jane Bowles of Pittsboro, Ind.; niece, Frost Corbitt and family of Tunnel Hill; nephew, Zeb Bowles and family of Ozark; other extended family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements for Edward Bowles have been entrusted to the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, of Marion.
The time of visitation for family and friends will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Following the time of visitation the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. with Kevin Murphy and Mike Murphy presenting the eulogy and the Rev. Kenneth Blumenstock presiding.
Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion.
For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to either “Gum Drops” (An organization dedicated to providing food for at-risk children of Southern Illinois) or “MPN Research Foundation” (The Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Research Foundation). Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home or may be mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, Ill. 62959.
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