George L. Bowles

George L. BowlesGeorge L. Bowles, 85, graduated from this life peacefully in his home on Sept. 7, 2013, with his family by his side.

A funeral service for him will be held at Grace Lutheran Church this Friday at 10 a.m. with a reception immediately following.

George was born on Oct. 7, 1926, in Stark, Kan. He worked as a supply technician at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake.

He was an avid sportsman excelling at whatever he did, but his favorite was golfing. Even to this day, people say he had the longest drive of any golfer in the valley. He loved to fish and hunt as soon as the season was open, taking his children or grandchildren along whenever they were willing to go.

George L. Bowles was an amazing role model of what a man, husband, father and person should be. He always showed love, compassion, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. He was forgiving, generous, slow to anger, quick to listen and full of wisdom. He was humble, honest, always trusting, nonjudging and a man of hope. He was not self-seeking or self-serving but always selfless and keeping no records of wrong. He taught integrity, truthfulness and hard work. He was the best grandpa, father and husband anyone could hope for.

He is survived by his wife, Marlys Bowles; his four children, Reed and wife Lupe Bowles, Barry and wife Christy Bowles, Lori and husband Mike Pappas and Rob and wife Leigh Ann Bowles; his seven grandchildren, Jessica, Nicole, Jenica, Raquel, Jordan, Ronan, and Ally; and his five great-grandchildren.

George truly was a blessing to all who knew him. He was loved by anyone who had the pleasure to know him and respected by every person who was fortunate to meet him. He will be terribly missed, leaving a huge hole in all our hearts. We can say he was a significant man who left this world a better place.

Submitted by the family of George L. Bowles

Story First Published: 2013-09-11