A Celebration of Life Service for Robert W. Bowen, age 68, of Box Elder, SD, formerly of Chadron, NE will be Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM at United Congregational Church in Chadron, NE with Paster Steve Lindsay officiating.
Inurnment will be made at a later date.
A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Bank of the West of Chadron, NE.
Robert W. Bowen, age 68, of Box Elder, SD, formerly of Chadron, NE, passed away at Rapid CityRegionalHospital on Monday, December 16, 2013.
Bob was born on May 30, 1945, in ValdostaGA, to Harold and Doris (Fieldhouse) Bowen. He grew up in WilliamsburgMO, and graduated KemperMilitaryAcademy in Booneville, Mo. A month after graduating, Bob was in a horse accident and suffered a spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation included stays at Columbia, MO and CraigHospital in Engelwood, CO.
He attended college at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX, and graduated from Chadron State College with a BA in Business Economics.
Bob was a former owner of Lariat Liquor and Pine Ridge Gun Shop. He was a Federal Firearms Dealer until death. In 1977, he helped develop the sr-77 shooting rest for high injury quadriplegics. Over 220 rests were made and shipped around the world to help other hunters hunt again.
Bob was a strong supporter and helped develop early programs to allow access for the disabled throughout the Chadron community. He was also a rocketry leader in local 4-H clubs helping many area youth.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Doris.
Wife: Jacqueline Bowen of Box Elder, SD.
Sons: Wyatt and wife Chandra Hans of Rapid City, SD; Callan Hans-Bowen of Lincoln, NE.
Sisters: Patricia Featherngill and Pamela and husband Dale Anderson of Chadron, NE; Susan Bowen of CusterSD.
Many nieces and nephews.
Bob will be remembered by his strength, perseverance, and love of life.
Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City, SD is in charge of arrangements.