Joseph F. Bowen

Joseph F. Bowen, returned to his heavenly Father after a brief illness. Joe proudly served his country in the 3rd Army Division from 1941-1945 in Morocco, North Africa and Italy. He served as a police officer for the City of Chicago and ultimately retired from Blue Cross/Blue Shield after 30 years of employment. Joe was one of the most positive and gracious individuals you could imagine. Every circumstance he found himself in was “the best”; every person he met was greeted with love and respect. A treasured friend to all, from his lifelong friends to his pool playing buddies at Lexington Square, all were treated like family. He was a quiet beacon of his Christian faith for his family and all he met. Though a lifetime White Sox fan he was delighted that the Cubs achieved a championship in his lifetime – even if it took 100 years. We celebrate Joe’s life and legacy in the Communion of Saints new manifestation. His life and joy will be celebrated by his family. Joe was the beloved husband of the late Estelle; loving father of Joanne (Mark) Duffy, Denise (Ralph) Ryan and William (Cheryl) Bowen, Martin Bowen and the late John; proud grandfather of Rich (Ana), Lizzie, Joe (Regina) and Mary Duffy, Greg (Pamela) Hohman, Maggie (Will) McCarthy, Kate, Peter (Heather) and Mick (Amelia) Ryan, Bridget (Michael) Draz and Patrick Ryan and Dan (Heather), Kyle and Sarah Bowen, Nick, Joe and Reily Bowen; cherished great-grandfather of Connor, Liam, Annie and Katie McCarthy, Elliott, Lydia Grace, Graham and Clark Hohman, Braden, David and Henry Ryan, Alana, Lincoln and Virginia Ryan, Liam Bowen and Matthew, Charlie and Libby Draz; dear brother of the late Mary George, Agnes Rice, Jack and twin brother James Bowen; Visitation Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 426 N. West Avenue (at Fremont), Elmhurst. Interment Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home, Elmhurst. 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com


Memorial Service Program

VISITATION

Tuesday

Dec

12

9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
426 N. West Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

VISITATION

FUNERAL SERVICE

Tuesday

Dec

12

10:00 a.m.
Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
426 N. West Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

INTERMENT

Tuesday

Dec

12

Following Mass
Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery
Alexander and Myrtle Avenues
Elmhurst, Illinois

MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

3 comments on “Joseph F. Bowen
  1. Tom Fitz says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. From Mary and Tom Fitz family.

  2. Lori & Chris Seay says:

    What a wonderful man. His joy and love of life was contagious to all. He will be greatly missed.

    “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
    –John 5:24

    O Lord, accept Mr. Joe Bowen into Your Communion of Saints. Grant him eternal rest and let Your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in Your peace. Amen.

    Lori & Chris Seay

  3. Susie Williams says:

    What a beautiful man, and a beautiful and touching tribute to him. The Ryans and all the Bowens are in our hearts & prayers. To quote Sting (which I hope is appropriate), “Whenever I say Joe Bowen’s name, I’m already praying.”
    Much love,
    Lar & Susie Williams

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