Ralph Bowman of Listowel, formerly of Atwood, passed away peacefully at Livingstone Manor on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the age of 86.
He was born in Herschel, Saskatchewan on Jan. 9, 1928 to parents Arthur and Elsie (Rea) Bowman. Ralph and his family moved from Saskatchewan to Ontario in 1946 and worked for his dad until he married the love of his life, Muriel, on Jan. 2, 1954 on the farm at the 2nd of Elma. Ralph and Muriel moved to Britton and took up farming for approximately 10 years.
Ralph decided to change careers, and became a licensed welder and sheet metal operator. He worked for AH Bowman Manufacturing in Atwood and during that time, he bought 10 acres of land on Monument Road and did hobby farming with chickens, ponies, rabbits as well as gardening with his wife.
In 1972, he made another career change and became a general contractor, built his own solar heated house and subdivided the rest of the land, known now as Bowman Court. In 1982, he became the owner/operator of the local gas station in Atwood, naming it Ralph’s Service Centre.
In 1992 he sold the gas station to his two sons, bought an RV and traveled North America with Muriel. During his life, Ralph was a member of the Atwood United Church, Britton Orange Lodge and the Atwood Lions Club. He was involved with his children and their sports by being a baseball coach, baseball umpire, hockey coach and a Scout leader for 10+ years. He continued to be an avid sports fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays.
Beloved husband of the late Muriel (Porterfield) Bowman, who predeceased him in 2005. Loving father of Neil and Karen of Listowel, Reg of Brantford, Greg and Roxanne, and Trent all of Atwood. Special grandfather of Lori and Shawn Ward of Listowel, Philip of London, Cara and Scott both of Atwood and great-grandfather of Spencer, Noah and Ella Ward.
Brother of Doreen Hill of Saskatchewan and Earl and Nancy Bowman of Listowel, brother-in-law of Grace Porterfield of Listowel. Fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Howard Hill.
Relatives and friends were invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) on Sunday, June 22 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Ralph’s life was held at the Elma Memorial Community Centre, Atwood on Monday June 23 at 11 a.m. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Atwood United Church appreciated.
“I traveled each and every highway.”
The Lord took home to himself Nel (Luymes-Voskamp) Schippers of Listowel on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, surrounded by her family, at the age 82 years.
Beloved wife of Albert Schippers, and the late John Evert Luymes (2001). Beloved mother of Herman and Levina Luymes of P.E.I., Nellie and Roy Pajunen of Belleville, John and Elaine Luymes of Moorefield, Wilma and Bill Heideman of Grafton, Charles and Heather Luymes of P.E.I., Linda DeJong of Grafton, Carla and Bill Benning of Fordwich, Brenda and Ray Heeres of Listowel, Stan Luymes of Alberta, Dave Luymes of Kitchener, Steve Luymes of London, and Doug Luymes of B.C.
Also remembered by Albert’s children John, Jackie and Ryan, and Brenda. She will be sadly missed by 32 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, six brothers, one sister, and by her extended family.
Predeceased by her son-in-law Teo DeJong and her sister in childhood.
Visitation was held on Thursday, June 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Listowel where the funeral service was held on Friday, June 20 at 12 p.m. Everyone was invited to fellowship and lunch immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Interment was in Harriston Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel (519-291-4840).
Online condolences may be left at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca.