COAL TOWNSHIP — Rev. George F. "Fritz" Bowman, 83, went to meet his Lord and Saviour at 8:55 a.m. June 8, 2010, surrounded by his loving family and friends at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he was a guest for six years.
He was born Sept. 22, 1926 in Coal Township, the eldest child of the late George and Josephine (Nye) Bowman. He was married to the former Adrian Dzienisiewicz, who preceded him on Jan. 6, 2007. They shared more than 62 years of marriage.
Fritz attended Coal Township schools and served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946.
He worked in the coal industry for many years and was an independent coal hauler before his employment with Conrail.
He was the pastor of Dornsife Fellowship Church, Dornsife for more than 30 years.
Fritz was well known for his outstanding singing and musical ability, entertaining throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
One of his greatest pleasures was being with his children and grandchildren. He loved all children and was known as Uncle Fritz to so many of them. He had a very giving heart and loved helping others whenever there was a need.
Fritz is survived by one son, Ronald Bowman, of Coal Township; three daughters, Joann Bagshaw, of Enola, Mary Hupp and her husband Harold, of Selinsgrove, and Diana Kehres and her companion, Paul Warren, of Vero Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Rosemary Bowman, Roxanne Spearman, Gregory Kehres, Ronald Bowman Jr., Christopher Hupp and Ashley Bagshaw; also five great-grandchildren, Jacqueline and Jacob Spearman, Tessa Bowman, Sabrina Beasley and Landon Hupp. He is also survived by two sisters, Phyllis Lippay and Terrill Berkheiser, and one brother, Rev. John "Jack" Bowman, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by one brother, Richard Bowman, and two sisters, Helen Schlagle and Barbara Welker.
Family and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Mountainside Assembly of God Church, 1900 Trevorton Road, Coal Township, where the funeral will take place at 11, with Rev. Richard Earl officiating.
Burial will be in the Odd Fellow's Cemetery, Shamokin.
The family has entrusted arrangements to Farrow Funeral Directors, Sixth and Chestnut streets, Shamokin.