William J. Bowen, Jr.

  • BORN: June 2, 1925
  • DIED: October 1, 2014
  • LOCATION: Silver Spring, Maryland

William J. Bowen Jr., 89, formerly of Scranton, Pa., passed away on Oct. 1, 2014, at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., after a brief illness.

Mr. Bowen was born in Scranton, and attended West Scranton High. He then joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, and served his country for 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. During his military career, Mr. Bowen graduated from the U.S. Air Force NCO Academy, ranking highest in his class, and attained the highest rank of a noncommissioned officer as Chief Master Sergeant. He was stationed in Okinawa when World War II ended. He was also in Hawaii, Maryland, Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, Florida and Massachusetts, including another three-year tour in Okinawa before retiring. Mr. Bowen was a Shriner, dedicated much time to charitable work with handicapped children, alongside his late wife, while stationed in Okinawa, and remained dedicated to working with children after his retirement.

Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1971, Mr. Bowen made his residence at Flora Drive in Peckville and worked for the Jewish Community Center of Scranton for more than 20 years as business administrator. Mr. Bowen loved to fish and explore historical sites and wildlife habitats at local national parks. He was especially interested in the American eagle, and visited sites where they were known to feed and congregate. He also enjoyed his many friends and family, and always had a friendly word for those he met.

Mr. Bowen was the husband of the late Marge (nee Kucy) Bowen. He was also preceded in death by his parents, William J. Bowen Sr. and Sadie (nee Reese) Bowen; and brothers, James, Harrison and Robert Bowen. He is survived by two daughters, Samantha Ann Bowen and Patricia Anne McCandless; two grandsons, Charles Edward Freeman and Eric William McCandless and daughter-in-law, Cara; three great-grandchildren, Owen Michael, Noah Joseph and Ryan William McCandless; son-in-law, Mac McCandless; nieces, nephews and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Shriner's Hospital at Office of Development, Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or the Jewish Home of Scranton, Pa., 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510.

For those attending services at Arlington, please enter through Ft. Myers. Visit the Arlington website for direction.

Funeral Service
  • October 25, 2014
    11:00 AM
  • Chapel at Riderwood Village
  • 3140 Gracefield Road
  • Silver Spring, MD 20904
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Interment with Full Military Honors
  • January 22, 2015
    9:00 AM
  • Fort Myers Chapel @ Arlington National Cemetery
  • Arlington , VA 22211
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