Lloyd W. Bowman, 84 years, of West Unity, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance. Lloyd was born September 21, 1928 in Zone, Ohio, the son of the late Franklin Benjamin and Alice May (Benson) Bowman. He was a 1946 graduate of West Unity High School, where he played on the high school basketball team. He married Joline Anne Shaffer on June 12, 1949 in West Unity, and she survives. Lloyd was a lifelong dairy farmer. He also owned and operated Bowman Dairy Bar Restaurant for 43 years. Lloyd and his wife Joline also operated a Dairy Processing Plant and delivered milk house to house and to businesses until its closing in 1982. He was a member of the West Unity United Methodist Church. He was involved with the Gideon’s International, the Bryan Madrigal Choir, the Sounds of Joy Quartet and the Barbershop Chorus of West Unity. In his younger years, Lloyd was involved with Hamer Tech Basketball Squad.
Surviving is his wife, Joline A. of West Unity; one son, Lloyd F. (Susan) Bowman of West Unity; six daughters, Carolyn (Ed)Wolf of Lafayette, California, Jane (Ervin Fender) Fry of Auburn, Indiana, Linda (Dana) Smith of Auburn, Illinois, Beth (Alan) Surfus of Markle, Indiana, Sandy Bowman of Pueblo, Colorado and Annette (Ron) Zaper of Whitehouse, Ohio; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lola (Fred) Harker of Enon, Ohio and Anna Sheesley of Elizabeth City, North Carolina; one brother-in-law, Mitch (Olive) Depew of West Unity. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Susan Kay Bowman in 1967, his infant brother, George Bowman, one sister, Elaine Depew and one son-in-law, Tom DePoy.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. in the West Unity United Methodist Church, 311 North Liberty Street, West Unity, where memorial services will begin at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Julia Ronngren officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 202 North Liberty Street, West Unity, Ohio. (419-924-9200).
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to the West Unity United Methodist Church 311 North Liberty Street, West Unity, Ohio 43570, to Gideon’s International C/O: Larry Stuckey, 6871 State Route 2, Stryker, Ohio 43557 or to the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, 6625 State Route 66 North, Defiance, Ohio 43512.
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