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Elwood  Bowen

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Born in Xenia, Ohio on Nov. 22, 1916
Departed on Feb. 18, 2011 and resided in Round Rock , TX.
Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
09:00 am - 7:00 pm
Service: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
10:00 am
Cemetery: Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
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Elwood Bowen was born on November 22, 1916 to parents Wilson Bowen and Elizabeth Shavers in Xenia, Ohio. Six weeks after his birth, his mother passed away. His father and two older brothers, Cecil and Willis, raised him. He moved to Chicago, Illinois at an early age. He attended Chicago Public Schools. During his teenage years, Elwood's father was killed in a hit and run automobile accident. His brothers then served as his primary custodian.

Elwood worked as a United States Postal worker for over 30 years. During that time, he took a leave of absence to serve in the United States Army as a Sergeant Major. He then returned back to Chicago where he met and married Miriam Edwards in 1947. At the onset of this union, Miriam had a four-year-old daughter, Venita Maxine. Elwood raised her as if she were his own daughter. In 1962, Miriam and Elwood conceived a son, Delon Elwood. In 1974, Elwood retired from the postal service and began to work for Morgan Stanley where he retired from in the 1980's. In 2009, Elwood and Miriam moved to Round Rock, Texas.

Elwood was called home on Friday, February 18, 2011. He was preceded in death by his brothers Cecil and Willis Bowen and his daughter Venita.

Elwood leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 63 years, Miriam; son Delon (Alice Faye) of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren Lawrence Varnado (Adonna) of The Colony, Texas, Robbin Robinson (Ronald) of Carrollton, Texas, Kenya Johnson (Damon) of Round Rock, Texas, Chiffon Bowen and Delon Bowen of Chicago, Illinois; great grandchildren, Aja Varnado, Javan Robinson, Lawrence Varnado, Kamryn Johnson, and Omari Johnson; several nieces, nephews, and his special extended families in Chicago, Austin, and Round Rock.

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