Thomas D. Bowie, 84, of Sandusky, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, June 5, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center.
He was born March 13, 1924, in Sandusky, the son of Thomas D. and Grace E. (Robertson) Bowie, and he married Jean A. Roth on Oct. 25, 1952. After graduating from Sandusky High School, Tom proudly served in the U.S. Navy 107th Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He worked for many years through the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 42, and retired from GM Delco Moraine-NDH in 1989.
He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of VFW Post 2529. He was also a member of the American Legion Commodore Post Denig 83, AMVETS Post 17, Fraternal Order of Eagles 444, UAW Local 913 and the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 42.
He enjoyed boating, fishing, delivering Meals on Wheels, riding the roller coasters at Cedar Point and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean; children, Craig (Kathy) Bowie of Oregon, Ohio, Laura (Bruce) Brancheau of Perrysburg, Ohio, Julie Bowie of Toledo, and Kimberle Bowie of Sandusky; grandchildren, Michelle (Jason) Manzagol, Sarah Bowie, Lisa Brancheau, Melissa Bowie and Emily Bowie; sister, Elizabeth Hartman of Sandusky; sister-in-law, Nancy (Bill) Eichhorn of Tiffin; brother-in-law, Norbert (Kathy) Roth of Sandusky; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Bowie, who died March 17, 2008; sister, Margaret Arend; brother, Gordon Bowie; and brothers-in-law, Harold, Gerald and Richard Roth.
Friends may call 2-8 p.m. today in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, with a memorial service to be presented by the VFW at 7:30 p.m. Prayers will be recited in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; the Rev. Marty Nassr is the celebrant. Entombment will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Stein Hospice or Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.