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“John was a good freind and we had many good days hanging out at the airport talking airplanes and working on them. he and I had the prostate cancer...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: tommy hawkins - milan, IL

“I have had Uncle John and Aunt Maxine in my thoughts and prayers more than usual these past few weeks. He shall be missed deeply. The hayrides,...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Becky - Muscatine, IA - Niece

“We were sorry to hear of John's passing. John was a great asset to all of our engineers here at KJWW Engineering. He always was willing to help and...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Larry Pithan - Rock Island, IL

“We were surprised to hear about John this weekend. He was a very happy and kind man to be around. He always made you smile even when you really...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Quad City Ultralight Aircraft Corp. - IL

“I was shocked to read of John;s passing away last Friday. So many times I reflect on our good times and fishing trips. My condolences go to Maxine,...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Harold Glasgow - Silvis, IL

“I am so sorry for the passing of John, I will truley miss him. I have cut his hair for many years and have always enjoyed our talks about his...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Cindy - Rock Island, IL - friend

W. John Bowman, Jr., 82, of Lynn Center, died Friday, August 31, 2012, at his home.

Cremation rites have taken place. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012, at the Swedona Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Swedona Lutheran Church, where he was a member. Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd. Orion is assisting the family.

John was born July 20, 1930, in Moline, IL, the son of Walter John and Myra Peterson Bowman. He was a 1948 graduate of Orion High School and a U.S. Army Veteran. He married Maxine Otto.

John worked in industrial sales and was the owner and operator of W. John Bowman & Associates, retiring in 2000. He loved airplanes and he built them and flew them from a grass landing strip at his family farm, which is over 120 years old.

Survivors include

Wife Maxine
Daughter Wende (Michael) Harrison Albuquerque, NM
Step-Children Taryn (Jay) Drennen Birmingham, AL
Kenneth (Tammy) Wilson Atlanta, GA
4 step grandchildren
3 step great grandchildren
Sister Ruby Souder Moline, IL

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ruhl and Don Bowman and sister, Cleora Ward.

Online condolences may be made to John's family by visiting his obituary at