Dale Eldon Bowman

April 19, 1934 - June 27, 2010

Dale Eldon Bowman, age 76, of Indian Valley passed away Sunday June 27, 2010. Born the son of Wilbur and Doris Bowman he worked on the family farm in Huntington, IN. He graduated from Rock Creek High School 1952, Huntington, IN, Purdue University with a Bachelor Degree in 1960, Washington State University with a Masters Degree 1962, Bridgewater College Theology in 1977 and EMT Training in 2002 in Floyd, VA. He served his country in the Army and was on the Pistol Team. He was a science teacher at Huntington North High School and previous owner of Frazanda Golf Course both in Huntington, IN. Dale became a minister in 1977 serving the following churches: Lagro Presbyterian, Lagro, IN, Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren, Stanley, VA, Tire Hill Church of the Brethren, Tire Hill, PA, Covington Church of the Brethren, Covington, OH, Copper Hill Church of the Brethren, Copper Hill, VA, VA, Duncan’s Chapel Church of the Brethren, Floyd Co., VA, Buffalo Mt. Presbyterian, Floyd Co., VA, Indian Valley Presbyterian, and Floyd Co. VA, Parkway Church of the Brethren, Floyd Co. He was an active member of Floyd Co. Rescue Squad, receiving many awards for his service. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Karen Miller Bowman, Indian Valley, VA, Sister, Evelyn (Ernie) Maxwell, Wapakoneta, OH, Children Mark Bowman, Richmond, VA, Brenda (Rodger) Brewer, Stoystown, PA, Jeannie (Ron) Stahl, Lancaster, PA, Matt (Lorraine) Bowman, St. Paris, OH, Seven Grandchildren Justin & Jessie Stahl, Lee, Lauren & Lynne Brewer, Shane & Bryce Bowman. Funeral Services will be Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Gardner Funeral Home with Rev. Hal Sonafrank officiating. Interment will follow in Capt. George Quesenberry Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 PM Tuesday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 6 until 8 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Floyd Co. Rescue Squad or Church World Services- Disaster Relief. Online condolences may be made at

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MaryAnn and Steve Cass

Blacksburg, VA
June 28, 2010

Karen, you are constantly in our prayers. You and Dale were the epitome of a happy, loving couple. Dale adored you and spoke often at our Board meetings of you. He will be missed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Phil & Kim Nielsen

Willow Street, PA
June 28, 2010

Our condolences to your family. It is clear from Dale's obituary that he made a meaningful impact in this world for his community, his family, his friends, and his Savior. It is reassuring knowing where he will make his new home for eternity! You all remain in our prayers continually through this difficult time. Love, Phil & Kim Nielsen Courtney and Matthew, Mark & Ashley Bowermaster

Kathy & Duane McIntyre

Christiansburg, Va.
June 28, 2010

Dear Karen and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying God will wrap HIS arms around you and your family and comfort you. I was just really getting to know Dale. His work with (The Walk to Emmaus), was awesome! We know he really cared about people and loved them. I know especially how much Dale meant to Duane. I can never ever thank you both enough for sponsoring both Duane and me.(Walk To Emmaus), was a wonderful experience for us. We know you are dedicated to it too, Karen. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. Your in our prayers, Love in Christ, Kathy & Duane McIntyre

John & Carol Boyd

Floyd, VA
June 28, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to each of you. May God comfort your hearts with the peace that passes all understanding. Bro. Dale will be greatly missed.

Chris and Sandie Peifer

Lancaster, PA
June 29, 2010

Sorry for your loss. Dale will always have a special place in our hearts since he married us. We wiil keep you in our prayers. Love, Chris and Sandie

Susan Blinn Denman

Warren, Indiana
June 29, 2010

Brenda & family: So sorry to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories of visiting the Bowman household in Indiana and Virginia as we were growing up. I thought I had lost my best friend when you moved away from Indiana, but we have tried to stay in contact. Your dad touched so many lives as he traveled through the countryside spreading the Word. He was destined for greater places than Indiana and has reached Heaven, the greatest place of all. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Love, Susan Blinn Denman

Judi Good Getz

Harrisonburg, VA
June 29, 2010

So sorry to hear of Mr. Bowman's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Joyce Hinton

Huntington, IN
June 29, 2010

Evelyn, Just wanted you to know we were sorry to read of your brothers death. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Joyce&Dick Hinton

Darl E Grose

Ft Wayne, IN
June 29, 2010

Remember fondly Dale, he was a loving,compassionate, and loving educator. His service to his fellow man and his smile will be greatly missed. May his family be comforted and succored during this time of grief.

Wayne & Delena Taylor

June 29, 2010

Dear Karen & family, We were so sorry to hear of Dale's death. When reading about all he had done and the way he had served and you had served as a couple, I realized that he had made the song "Happiness Is The Lord" a reality in his life. My you and your family feel God's Love at this most difficult time. Wayne & Delena Taylor

Kent Knight

Lexington, Kentucky
June 29, 2010

I am lost for words but not great memories. Love beyond measures to all Kent

Dolly Conner and Agnes Phillips

Floyd, VA
June 30, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. We appreciated his service on the rescue squad and will remember his kindness.

Max & Phyllis Fordyce

Huntington, IN
June 30, 2010

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Dale. He was a good friend as well as a great teacher in our department at Huntington North HS in Huntington, Indiana. I am sure that he will be greatly missed, but the memories and his sharing with others will go on forever. Max and Phyllis Fordyce

Vicki (Pursifull) Stephens

Huntington, IN
June 30, 2010

Karen, My deepest sympathy at the loss of Dale. We will always have our memories of the fun times that we have shared through the years, as well as the promise to see him again in heaven. Take Care Vicki (Pursifull) Stephens

Katherine (Souers) Mac Aulay

Fort Wayne, IN
July 01, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jerrel and Aldena Powell

Council Hill, OK
July 02, 2010

Karen, thanks for informing us of Dale's passing. Totally unexpected news! We have good memories from Washington State Univ. and cherish the time spent with you in New Orleans. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. When you feel like it we would appreciate learning of the circumstances concerning his death.

Charles Judy

Radford, VA
July 05, 2010

It was a great honor and privilege to know such a devoted man of God. This is a great loss to our community but a wonderful addition to heaven. May our Lord grant you peace and comfort and may memories of happy times bring many smiles. In Christ's Love, Charles Judy