William Arthur Bowes passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in the Clearfield Hospital.
He was born December 23, 1920 in Clearfield, PA, the son of the late Earl E. and Gertrude (Daugherty) Bowes.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Kioske) Bowes, his second wife Betty (Etzweiler) Bowes and his third wife, Ellen (Triponey) Bowes.
Mr. Bowes was a retired letter carrier, having served 37 years with the Clearfield Post office. He was a member of the Centre Grove United Methodist Church; the National Association of Letter Carriers; Clearfield Lodge #314 F&AM; the Williamsport Consistory; and was a Past Commander of the Clearfield John Lewis Shade Post No. 6 of the American Legion. Mr. Bowes was a proud patriot and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during the Second World War in Hawaii, Saipan and the Tinian Islands. At age of 21 he was Sergeant Major of the Seventh Air Force Headquarters. He received the Atlantic-Pacific Medal with two Bronze Stars, the American Defense Medal, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Bowes was honored by the Clearfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for his work in reclaiming local cemeteries.
He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Betsy McKinley of Franklin, PA and Mrs. Nancy (Bernie) McCreadie of Clearfield, PA. He is also survived by one sister, Dorothy (John) Mayersky of Chesterland, OH and one step-son, Leonard (Connie) Triponey of Clearfield, PA. He was the proud grandfather of Matthew (Gail) Brickell of Lee's Summit, MO; Megan Brickell (Steve) Toler of Mt. Gretna, PA; Russell W. (Vanessa) Sykes of Gainesville, GA and Ellie (Mike) Ross of Fayetteville, NC. Mr. Bowes is also survived by seven beloved great-grandchildren: Campbell Grace and Beau McKinley Toler, Molly Claire Brickell, John Elliott and Natalie Elizabeth Sykes, and Jalynn Elizabeth, and Antonio Dante Ross.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., Clearfield, PA with Dr. Randy Willis officiating. Interment will be at Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde, PA.
Military honors will be accorded by the Clearfield American Legion Post #6 and the VFW Post #1785 Honor Guard.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. until the hour of the services.
Mr. Bowes requested that memorials be made to the Centre United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 268, Hyde, PA 16843.
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