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Lt. Col. Bruce Bowden
Lt. Col. Bruce Bowden

Lt. Col. Bruce Bowden, of Calabash, died April 17, 2015, at the age of 89.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1928, and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts. He retired as a pilot from the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and 11 air medals.

He had a lifelong interest in trains and, in particular, modeling. For over 30 years he co-edited a modeling newsletter, The Modelers Notes. He wrote many construction articles for the Boston and Maine Railroad Historical Society. After retiring from the Air Force in 1971, he had a tax accounting business.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Zilpha Bowden, of Waltham, Massachusetts and a sister, Janesse Hoaglund, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Stewart Bowden; daughters, Bonnie Miller, of Frisco, Texas, Diana Guidry (Randy), of Cooper City, Florida, Robin Floyd (Steve), of Fairmont and Vicki White (David), of Dacula, Georgia; son, Steven Bowden (Carol), of Conyers, Georgia; stepsons, Doug Stewart (Michelle), of Hampton, Georgia and Joe Stewart (Debbie), of Powder Springs, Georgia; grandchildren, Michelle Miller Mathis, Jeff Miller, Ashley Guidry Resta, Whitney Guidry, Beau Guidry, Scott Floyd, Sherry White, Stephanie Bowden, Emily Bowden, Jeremy Stewart, Jordan Stewart, Brittany Stewart and Brandon Stewart; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Sam, Alex, Luke, Cassie, Annie, Nolan and Charlotte; several cousins, nephews and nieces; and many wonderful friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach with a reception afterward in the fellowship hall. Inurnment will be at a later date at First Parish Church Cemetery, York, Maine, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, NC 28468.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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