Michael J. Bowen, 73, of LaGrange, IN died Monday, July 15, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Bowen was born on April 19, 1940 in Elkhart, IN to Robert B. and Elizabeth Lucille “Betty” (Morgan) Bowen.
Mike graduated from Shipshewana-Scott High School and Manatee Jr. College with a degree in Design Drafting. While attending college in Florida, he was involved in waterskiing with the Sarasota Bayfront Skiers. The ski club put on twenty-one shows a year under contract to the city of Sarasota.
Mike was a steel fabricator at Spreuer and Son, Inc. in LaGrange, IN for over fifty years. He was a devoted mushroom hunter and loyal Westview and Indiana University basketball fan. For many years, beginning in 1967, he bred and raised standardbred (harness race) horses. He served several years on the board of directors of the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA), was a former director and board chairman of the Shipshewana Area Historical Society, and a member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA).
On November 18, 1967 in Shipshewana, IN he married Jean I. Palenick. Mrs. Bowen survives in LaGrange, IN.
Also surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Michaela Bowen of Anderson, IN and Amy J. and Mark Whited of LaGrange, IN; seven grandchildren, Marshall, Ariel, Laurel, Andrew, Jazzlyn, Aliza, and Alana; eight great-grandchildren, Bo, Isabelle, Colette, Riley, Lucius, Farah, Sisylia, and Ryder; a brother and sister-in-law, R. Steven and Sharon Bowen of Shipshewana, IN; a step-sister and brother-in-law, Beth Ann and Martin Moeller of Shipshewana, IN; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Bowen and Elizabeth Bowen-Smith; his step-father, Gordon Smith; and a son, Edson J. Bowen in 1989.
Funeral services will be on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:00 am at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN with Rev. Robert Wyman officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange, IN.
Visitation will be on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Frurip-May Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to Shipshewana Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 929, Shipshewana, IN 46565.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.fruripmay funeralhome.com.
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