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Harry O. Bowman

June 7, 1927 — October 14, 2019

Union, MI


Hal Bowman, 92, passed away in his home on Coverdale Lake in Union, Michigan on October 14, 2019.

He was born Harry Oliver Bowman, Jr., June 7, 1927, in Oak Park, Illinois.  At the age of two, Harry moved to Elkhart, Indiana.  He attended Elkhart High School.

Harry married Eleanore Marie Richardson (deceased) on September 30, 1951, in Elkhart, Indiana.  Harry is survived by his four children Kurt (Laura) Bowman of Union, Michigan, Susan Murry of Denver, Colorado, Trudy Baker of Union, Michigan, and Brent (Stephanie) Bowman of Union, Michigan. Also, surviving are six grandchildren, Chad Bowman of Union, Michigan, Heather (James) Hussey of Denver, Colorado, Faye Bowman of Niles, Michigan, Jake (Vickie) Bowman of Chelsea, Michigan, Brittany Bowman, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Haley Bowman of Union, Michigan; and four great-grandchildren, Brayden, Lauren and Kate Burke of Denver, Colorado, and Wyatt Bowman of Chelsea, Michigan

When Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor all of his friends enlisted in the military.  Hal felt a calling to join but was underage.  Hal and a buddy falsified his birth certificate and he entered the Navy. He was a sub mariner and torpedo man on the USS Naval Submarine Seahorse 596. He was honorably discharged receiving five specific medals at the end of the war.

Hal was a hard worker all of his life.  At an early age he wanted to be a millionaire and his goal was eventually fulfilled when he started Stiles, Inc. in 1978.  He built the company from five employees to 140 employees over a span of 20 years.  He was considered a pioneer in the industry as a wood supplier. Kurt and Brent Bowman remember many memorable trips to Sandy Beach Fishing Lodge in Red Lake, Canada where they would entertain customers in the industry.

He was extremely generous to his family, employees, and the surrounding communities. He was a member of the Bristol United Methodist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1959.

Visitation for Hal Bowman will be from 10 to 12 noon, Saturday, October 19th at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514 where a memorial service will be at 12:00 noon.  Pastor Gary Lewis will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Shriners Hospital at

Online condolences may be sent to


Shriner's Hospital for Children
2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago IL 60707

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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Funeral Service

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

*Standard text messaging rates apply.



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