Paul Bowen, 66, of Lime Springs, Iowa

Paul Bowen

Paul Daniel Bowen, 66, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Methodist Campus in Rochester.

He was born on July 15, 1952, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Glenn Albert and Florence Eva (Broadwater) Bowen.

He graduated from East High School in Waterloo in 1970. 

He joined the Army in the fall of 1971, and was honorably discharged in 1974.

During his first weekend home, he met Vicki Kay Merkel. They got married 17 weeks later on Dec. 7, 1974, at First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. To this union, three children were born.

He loved spending time with his family and friends and watching M.A.S.H. He was a dairy farmer for many years. He enjoyed hauling manure and rebuilding machinery and tractors. He was a social butterfly who could talk to everyone about anything for hours. 

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Bowen of Lime Springs; children, Matthew (Melisse) Bowen of Caledonia, Daniel Bowen of Lime Springs and Christopher (Elizabeth) Bowen of Lime Springs; grandchildren, Dalten Bowen, Cassidy Bowen, Josie Bowen and Molly Bowen; siblings, Mark (Pam) Bowen of Lime Springs and Mary (Dan Brady) Bowen of Melbourne and brother-in-law, Larry Black of Cedar Rapids. 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Eloise Black.

Funeral services for him were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 4, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lime Springs with the Rev. Jeff Jacobs officiating. Burial took place that afternoon at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston.

Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. 

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