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Robert C. Bowen died December 29, 2016 at Wesley Willows. The cause of death, he said, was life. He was born February 27, 1932, the son of Earl and Nell (Kendall) Bowen. Bob was a 1949 graduate of West High School, Rockford, and a 1953 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, School of Engineering. He later earned an MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business. On July 25, 1953 he married Marcia Ann Crittenden in Rockford. Soon he entered the military and after training was sent to Guam where Marcia joined him. When they returned to Rockford in 1955, Debra was born, five years later they welcomed Jeff, and nine years later Seiko came from Japan as a one year AFS visitor. To this day, she is their third child. Marcia died in a tragic car accident in 1981. Ten years later Bob married Annie Casey; she died in 2010. Bob was a life-long employee of Ingersoll Milling Machine Company where he was President of Ingersoll Engineers and later Vice President and General Manager of Ingersoll Production Machines. He was a devoted and life-long member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, serving as treasurer of its congregation and later as President, 1967-69. He was an avid Badger fan, skier, musician, gardener, fisherman, scuba diver, and an eternal optimist. Bob never gave up on his dreams, at 82 planning his next skiing trip. He also loved his coffee.
Survivors include daughters, Debra Bowen and Seiko Uydea (Yutaka), and son, Jeff Bowen (Angela); grandchildren, Rob, John, and Alex Bowen and Kata and Taku Uyeda; brother-in-law, Paul Crittenden; cousin, Patrick Campbell (Marne), and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, 4848 Turner Street. Visitation will be Thursday, January 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd, North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main Street, Rockford. Private graveside service will be at Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Unitarian Universalist Church.


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