John William "Bill" Bowling, 97, of Loogootee, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Oct. 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 doctor charged $15 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 Feb. 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 Island and then Peleliu. Bill's four years in the Marines ended on Feb. 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 bought a mobile home court.
In his free time he enjoyed reading, walking and spending time with family. He loved going to all his grandchildren's school and sporting events. He was an avid Loogootee Lion fan. He also had a place on West Boggs Lake for more than 30 years.
In 2015 Bill and his son Rick, went on the Honor Flight Trip to Washington, D.C. He was also a member of the NRA, American Legion, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Martin County Historical Society.
Bill is 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; brothers Jim, Jack and Lester Bowling.
He is survived by his children, Rick Bowling and Marsha (Terry) Street; grandchildren Karen Wilson, Jeff (Kara) Bowling, Stephanie (Rob) Powell, Erin Like, and Kyle (Bobi) Street; great-grandchildren Ben, Ayden and Cade Wilson, Patrick, Lauren, Alex and Landon Bowling, Christina (Cory) Rayhill, Ashleigh (Ethan) Smith, Andrew and Annalise Powell, Bridget Like, and Gabriel, Levi and Ryan Street; great-great-grandson, Hudson Rayhill; and brother Don (Patty) Bowling of Loogootee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for Masses.
Condolences may be made online at
Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.
Published on September 6, 2019


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