Robert E. “Bob” Bowman passed away suddenly on January 6, 2010, at his home on Lummi Island. He was 78.
Bob was born to Vera and Lonnie Bowman on February 17, 1931, in Wallace, Kansas. In 1935, at the height of the Kansas dust bowl, the family moved to Bellingham, Wash., where Bob grew up with his siblings in Happy Valley. Bob graduated from Bellingham High School in 1949. He met his wife, Audrey Adams, at Western Washington University, and they were married in 1952. After graduating from Western in 1953, he began his career as an educator. He taught first at Mount Baker High School, then later in Portland, Ore. He earned his Masters of Education at the University of Oregon, and in 1960 moved with Audrey and their three children to Watsonville, where Bob would spend the rest of his career. He taught at Watsonville High and later became a school counselor, then advanced to principal of Watsonville High School. He retired as assistant superintendent of the Pajaro Valley School District. After his retirement in 1988, he and Audrey moved back to Washington where they built a home on Lummi Island. Since that time, they have remained on Lummi, where Bob had been very active in community affairs. He served as president of the Lummi Island Scenic Estates board of directors for many years. He was also a long-time Rotarian and was president of his Rotary Club in Watsonville and later was a member and officer in the Whatcom County North Rotary Club. Throughout his life, Bob was an ardent hunter. The family referred to him as the “Duck Lord.” Duck hunting with his black Labs, or “Labrador Deceivers” as he called them, was his passion. Bob also loved to entertain, and the dinners and parties he and Audrey hosted were attended with great pleasure by their many friends. All will miss his keen sense of humor and warmth.
Bob is survived by his wife, Audrey of California; two sons, Steve (Dayna) Bowman and Mark Bowman of California; daughter, Marlene (Mark) Sexton of Lummi Island; siblings, Jack (JoAnn) Bowman, Paul (Linda) Bowman of Lummi Island, and Tom (Marie) Bowman of Long Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren, a great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lunde.
Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Humane Society or Lummi Island Firefighters Association. To share thoughts and memories of Bob, visit www.molesfuneralhomes.com.
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