John William “Bill” Bowling, age 97, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 8:10 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on October 16, 1921, in Loogootee, Indiana, to the late Harry and Bridget (Mattingly) Bowling. Dr. Strange delivered Bill at home and Bill’s mother always told him the Dr. charged fifteen dollars and he was worth every penny of it. Dr. Strange was also the Mayor of Loogootee at the time.
Bill married Ardis Katherine Brown on June 12, 1948, and they had three children, Pat, Marsha, and Rick.
Bill was raised Catholic and attended St. John Grade School and Loogootee High School. After school, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked at Carnahan Manufacturing Company.
When World War II broke out, he joined the United States Marines on February 16, 1942, at 20 years old. Following training Bill and his fellow Marines fought in the Battle of Guadalcanal, the first offensive of World War II. After Guadalcanal, he spent some time in Australia, New Guinea, New Britain Isl-and, and then Peleliu. Bill’s four years in the Marines ended on February 19, 1946.
When he returned, Bill’s dad convinced him to become an electrician, and he started the Bowling Electric Service. He also had an appliance store and bou-ght a mobile home court.
In his free time he enjoyed reading, walking, and spending time with family. He loved going to all his grandkids’ school and sporting events. He was an avid Loogootee Lions fan. He also had a place on West Boggs Lake for more than 30 years.
In 2015, Bill and his son, Ri-ck, went on the Honor Flight Trip to Washington, D.C. He was also a member of the NRA, American Legion, St. John the Ev-angelist Catholic Church, and Martin County Historical Society.
Survivors include his children, Rick Bowling and Marsha Street and husband Terry; grandchildren, Karen Wilson, Jeff Bowling and wife Kara, Stephanie Powell and husband Rob, Erin Like, and Kyle Street and wife Bobi; great-grandchildren, Ben, Ayden and Cade Wilson, Patrick, Lauren, Alex, and Landon Bowling, Christina Rayhill and husband Cory, Ashleigh Smith and husband Ethan, Andrew and Annalise Powell, Bridget Like, and Gabriel, Levi, and Ryan Street; and one great-great-grandson, Hudson Rayhill.
“Bill” is also survived by one brother, Don Bowling.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardis; son, Pat Bowling; parents, Harry and Bridget Bowling; grandsons, Benjamin and Ryan Street; great-grandson, Dominic Wilson; sisters, Margie Sherfick and Dorothy Hortie; and brothers, Jim, Jack, and Lester Bowling.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9th, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Burial will be made in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 8th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for Masses.