(5-16-14) Vernon "Nick" Charles Bowen
Born on May 20, 1929 to Enos and Luella Bowen
Marries October 30, 1954 to Alice Mae Sheffer
Passed on: May 16, 2014.
Nick was preceded in death by parents Enos and Luella, and brother Enos
"Bud" Bowen, Jr.
Nick was an avid antique collector and proud owner of "The Village
Shoppe", located on Main Street in Alma Center for many years.
Nick retired after a long career as a Carpenter with Janesville
Construction and Ruzic Construction, building bridges throughout
Wisconsin. Nick's hobbies included tracing his family roots through
years of research and correspondence with libraries, historical
agencies, and distant family member across the United States,
England, and Europe. Nick loved planting and maintaining his
many gardens, flower beds, and fish pond in his yard at his Alma
Nick served in the US Navy as well as on the Alma Center Village
Board and assisted in the development of the Meadow View
Addition. Nick also helped in beautifying the Turtle Pond at the
edge of town and could often be seen having coffee at the Square,
or on the road on his way to visit his sisters and friends around the
surrounding communities. Most of all, Nick was a loving, caring,
son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.
Nick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alice (Sheffer) Bowen,
daughters Julie Swall, Kansas City, MO, Janie Frisbie of
Independence , MO and Todd and Tammy Bowen, Alma Center.
Sisters Dorothy (Edson) Gearing and Gwen (Dale) Overlien of
Black River Falls, Gladys (Richard) Santas of Wonewoc, and Carol
(John) Ibinger of Blair. His grandchildren, Trever Anger, Liz & Brad
Ullery, Andrea Swall and Laura Guscott, Gabe Gronniger, Gracie
and Ian Billings, Mac Bowen, Lexie Bowen, Alex Frisbie, and Annie
Frisbie. Great Grandchildren Allison Anger, Hannah, Lily, and Ben
Ullery. Brother-in-law Kenneth (Lou) Sheffer of Eagle River and
sister-in-law Kathy Keller of Indianapolis, IN.
There will be a celebration of Nick's life on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at
Nick and Alice's home in Alma Center from 1-5 pm for family and
The family asks that memorials be given to the Black River
Memorial Hospital Hospice program or the Alma Center Community