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Charles W. Bowens

March 27, 1944 March 4, 2019
Charles W. Bowens
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Obituary for Charles W. Bowens

Charles Wesley Bowens, son of Kidd and Blanche Bowens, was born on March 27, 1944 in the State of New York. He departed this life on March 4, 2019 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City.

Charles was a veteran of the United States Army and served for twenty (20) years. He saw action with the 4th Infantry Division in the Demilitarized Zone (DMV) and the Central Highlands; and as a Battalion Advisor to a South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) battalion in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. He commanded the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He was the recipient of a Purple, as well as five Bronze Stars, four Air Medals of Valor, and a Presidential Unit Citation. Charles ultimately became Chief, of Security and Law Enforcement, for the North Atlantic Division. He retired with the rank of Major on November 1, 1985. Additionally, he was a General in the DC Defense Force.

Charles was active in many civic and social organizations, namely, Fraternal Order of Police, the Shriners, and the Order of Feather Fraternity. He was also a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 50 years, Patricia Bowens; daughter Nichole Bowens; one grandson Alec Bowens; sister Lynn Bowens; two aunts Maudry McCullough and Mary Ann Howard; two nieces Tracey Bessellieu and Adia Ringgold; a nephew Shawn Ringgold; a brother-in-law Anthony (Jewel) Ringgold; great-nephew Skylar Ringgold and a dear friend William (Billy) Artope; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

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11:00 AM 3/23/2019 11:00:00 AM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Arlington National Cemetery Final Resting Place

1 Memorial Avenue
Arlington, VA 22211

1 Memorial Avenue Arlington 22211 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Fisher House Foundation Inc.

12300 Twinbrook Pkwy Suite 410
Rockville , MD 20852

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Shriners Hospitals for Children

2900 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa , FL 33607

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