George Irwin Bowerman
May 17, 1922 - February 19, 2014
Our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, George Irwin Bowerman, passed away quietly on Feb. 19, 2014, surrounded by family. He was born in Whittier, Calif., on May 17, 1922, to Fredrick Irwin and Marjorie Bowerman.
George grew up in Odell, Ore., and after high school, married his love, Mary Creson. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Army Air Corps to assist the U.S. efforts in World War II and was trained as a fighter pilot. He served his country as a flight instructor and later volunteered and served in the European theater piloting transport planes and gliders.
After discharge, he apprenticed as a machinist in Seattle, later moving to Portland to be closer to family. It was here that he began a lifelong career associated with the sale and distribution of automobiles.
Through the following years, there were many brand changes, advancements and family relocations in Oregon and Washington until he and the family finally arrived in Longview in 1964. He continued in auto sales at several dealerships in the local area until retirement in 1984.
After retirement, he and Mary spent several years touring the entire country sampling the food and scenery and meeting many interesting people.
George had many interests but held a special love for shooting sports. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, a competitive target shooter, a longtime member of the Lone Oak Rifle club and a life member of the National Rifle Association. Additionally, he was a home-based gunsmith and rifle builder, a hobby machinist at LCC and a veteran tinkerer of all things that interested him.
His participation in those activities gradually became limited due to blindness caused by macular degeneration, but his spirit remained strong. It was amazing what he was able to accomplish.
The loss of his wife, Mary, in 2013 was the end of a love affair that spanned more than 70 years.
He is survived by a sister, Mildred Goe; a son, Randy Bowerman, and daughter Christine Webber; grandchildren David Bowerman and wife Dawn, Elizabeth Buffaloe and husband Matt, Jeffery Webber and wife Kasey, Jessica Webber, Brian Webber, Kimberly Holum and husband Shane; and nine great-grandchildren.
It was our father’s wish not to have a conventional funeral but for us to re-unite him with his beautiful Mary and for them to rest and share the beauty of their beloved Hood River Valley for eternity.
Our family would like to thank Community Home Health & Hospice for the care and comfort of our father and mother in their final hours and the staff and residents at Monticello Park for their support and kindness. Our family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Community Home Health & Hospice in Longview.