Dale Bowman

Obituary of Dale Lewis Bowman

BOWMAN – Dale Lewis, 73, of Armagh., gained his wings at 1:14 in the morning November 12, 2021 at Amber Springs at Laurelwood.  Born May 27, 1948 in Johnstown, son of  Dwight and Bernadine (Kruise) Bowman.  Preceded in death by parents;  sister Wanda Sheeder; brother Devonne (Shirley) Bowman; father and mother in law, Paul and Louise Allison; brothers-in-law: Jerry Kulinski; Charles Meadows; Gene Charles;  Will Bailey; Jim, Ron, and Dave Allison; sisters-in-law: Janet & Vivian Bowman; as well as nephews: Tom Allison and Brian Sheeder; and niece Heidi (Beppler) Allison; and Special Friend, Laura (Uadiski) Wright; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins.  Survived by loving wife, Mary (Allison) Bowman, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 2nd. Also survived by siblings: Margie Bailey, Colver;  Jeanne (Clark) Rose, Largo, FL;  Diane Meadows,  Wesley Chapel, FL;  Caren (Barry) Turner, Lolo, Montana;   twin brother,  Gale Bowman (companion Donna), State College, who they were always referred to as “The Twins”;  Darell (Susan) Bowman, Ebensburg; brother-in-law: Calvin Sheeder, Davenport, FL; sisters-in-law: Bunda Allison, Dilltown; Gloria Allison, Armagh; and Sarah Allison, Armagh;  and many special nieces and nephews numbering more 130. Special acknowledgement to nephew Reek Allison, whom Dale loved as his son and who was always “just a phone call away” and our “personal 911”, and Reek’s wife Margie, who helped out a lot as well by preparing his favorite foods especially her spaghetti which always put a smile on Dale’s face. Also thank you to nieces Roxane and Haley Harvey, who Dale loved as his own and who fulfilled his last wish and made those 6 days the happiest that they could be; also survived by Roxane’s husband Darrin Harvey who helped to grant that wish; also thank you to niece, Wende Eslary, and nephew Jeff Allison and wife Heidi for all their help. Survived also by uncle and aunts Hershel, Norene, and Dee Kruise, all of TX; and many cousins, two god-children, and many friends especially Ron and Rosie Uadiski, and Craig and Sandy Odgers, who were considered family.  Dale was a dedicated employee with a strong work ethic; working for Galliker’s Dairy for more than 36 years as a truck driver, and previously a coal and freight hauler, as well a cement finisher. His handle on the CB was “BamBam” and sometimes he could really “pack a punch.”  Dale was a wonderful loving son, brother, husband, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.  He loved  people and conversation, and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.  He loved his Steelers, Penn State sports, NASCAR, and drivers Mark Martin, Dale Sr. and Jr., the Blainey’s, including Papa Lou, Chase Elliot; and sprint-car/outlaw series; Dog Hollow  and Learnerville Speedways— way back in the 60s and 70s, Jennerstown Speedways was where he was on a Saturday night. Also loved hunting, golfing, cold Coors when he was allowed; and living on “the farm!”  A special thank you to Amber Springs nurses Nikki, Leslie, Mary, and Michelle, and aides Becky, Shorty, Miranda, and all the others who cared for Dale for all their “wonderful TLC” – he called them “girlfriends” and then told “but only when my wife isn’t here!”—that was him, alright!; thank you to nurse Courtney, Chaplin Scott Moore, and aides with Penn Hospice; and physical therapist, Steve;  and special thank you to Dale’s longtime friend and co-worker Rev. Tom Moore for your visits, prayers, kindness and comforting words—Dale was so happy see you. A note from Mary: “Thank you Dale for the wonderful life you provided for us. Your 9 year nightmare is finally over! They can’t hurt you anymore. You fought until you just couldn’t fight anymore. Now you’re free, no more suffering, nor pain, and you’re whole again. Thank you Lord.  Rev. 21-4. As you said, if I don’t see you again, I’ll see you on the other side. As our song says: I’m gonna love you forever and ever, amen! *Fly High My Angel.”  A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. A note our nephew posted “this life is not about what we gather; it’s about what we scatter.” In lieu of flowers and food, donations in Dale’s memory may be made to his favorite charity the St. Vincent DePaul Family Kitchen. 231 Bedford St. Johnstown, Pa. 15901.  Arrangements are in the care of Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Inc. Ebensburg. 

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