Robert Perkins Bowen Sr., 1933 - 2017


Bowen Obit Pic

Robert Perkins Bowen Sr., 83, passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Auburn. Robert was born April 19, 1933 in Lewiston, to William Andrew Bowen Sr. and Verna Perkins Bowen.  He grew up in Durham, Maine and was educated at the Parker School in Durham through the 7th grade. He then went to work with his father in the woods. He married Shirley Louise Goding, the love of his life, on September 28, 1957 at Marstons Corner Church. Robert lived at his home on 255 Harmons Corner Rd., Auburn, for 57 years, with his loving wife Shirley; where they raised four wonderful children, raised farm animals, planted and harvested numerous fruits and vegetables.  He worked for Bert Langelier driving trucks and cleaning chicken coops for many years, then became a security officer at St. Mary’s Hospital for several years.  He retired from Bates College on April 28, 1995, where he worked for 13 years as a custodian. He enjoyed racing cars himself as a young man, camping, going to Moosehead, watching NASCAR racing and attending the races in Loudon. Robert loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and most recently his great grandchildren who brought him some of the greatest joy in life. He loved going “upta camp” in Hartford, ME.  Robert loved his tv remote and telephone, which were always with him in his chair. He enjoyed watching polka music, old country and western music, Lifetime TV, Wheel of Fortune, and his news daily with Shirley. He read the Sun Journal newspaper faithfully, and looked forward to getting his mail everyday. Robert loved Shirley’s cooking and her delicious pies and desserts. He liked his sweets and always had candy or chocolate nearby. Robert was a hard working, smart, honest, to the point, gentle, simple, determined, frugal, and a genuine and loving man. He will be greatly missed but remembered and loved by all who knew him. Most of all, his values will be carried on through his family and his stories will be retold through the generations. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Bowen, who he committed and dedicated his love to forever; children Robert Bowen Jr. and wife Debbie, Linda Haley, Cindy Corriveau and husband Daniel, David Bowen and significant other Dianne Irving; siblings Donald Bowen, Barbara Morin, Nancy Bean, Beverly Eveleth, Janice Cloutier, Sandra Bowie, William Bowen Jr. and Brenda Bowen; grandchildren Kerri Rogerson, Jennifer Lee, Sheena Haley, Katreena Meserve, Tarrah Bowen, Tina Foster, Andrew Bowen, Shane Haley, Brent Bowen, Nathan Bowen, Desiree Wuthenow, Amy St.Pierre, and Scott Corriveau, and 14 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, William Bowen Sr. and Verna Perkins Bowen; brother Kenneth Bowen, and son-in-law Gary Haley. 


Funeral Notice


BOWEN, Robert, 83, of Auburn, died in Auburn on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Visitation will be held Monday, 10 - 11 AM, at the East Auburn Baptist Church, immediately followed by a funeral service at 11 AM. Interment in the Spring, Pine Street Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with funeral costs, C/O Shirley Bowen, 255 Harmons Corner Rd. Auburn, ME 04210.



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