Robert Lyle Bowen

September 8, 1942 - November 29, 2005

Robert Lyle Bowen passed on November 29, 2005 of heart failure. Born in Los Angeles, CA on September 8, 1943, raised in the Pacific Northwest he graduated in 1961, from Castle Rock High School. After a brief turn at college, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving with distinction for four years. In Texas he worked for Raytheon for thirty-five years. His Top Secret clearance prevented him from discussing his work in detail, but it was generally known that our nation’s most sophisticated weapons were required to pass Mr. Bowen’s extreme and rigorous protocol before being allowed to be used in the field. After his retirement his focus became the support of the American Legion Post 96 in McKinney, Texas, their membership electing him to various officer positions time and again. Somewhat a Renaissance Man, Mr. Bowen, was all at once, an authority on all manner of firearms-from ancient to modern, a computer genius, a self taught gourmet chef and of course, an ardent fan of the Fine Arts of Curling. Mr. Bowen was delightfully controversial, almost a daily fixture at his post, blessed with a dry wit, outrageous charm and to these days, a patient and sympathetic ear for those who needed to spill their troubles. In his last years he was compelled by a quite justifiable pride in his children; his love for them was more and more each day, incandescently palpable. Everyone who knew him well loved him. On November 29, 2005 this Earth lost a fine, fine man. He is survived by his brother, Larry Bowen and wife, Pam of Ben Wheeler, Texas; his daughter, Kimberly Haq and husband, Shahed of Atlanta, GA; his son, Scott Bowen of Dallas, Texas; and the mother of his children, Donna Bowen Cowan of Garland, Texas. The services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 6, 2005 in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. Following the service the wake will be held at the American Legion Post 96 in McKinney, Texas.

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Bob's humor and conversations will be greatly missed. Love you BOB! Prayers to his family - take care. Love, Mary Parker Plano Mary Parker, December 5, 2005 I worked with Bob @ T.I./Raytheon. He was a joy to be around and could always make me smile. After his retirement, I would visit with him @ the Legion. Bob will be missed by many. My deepest Condolence to his Family. Linda Barker (Spohn), December 5, 2005 I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking to Bob at the legion. My husband thought a lot of him.He will be missed. SHIRLEY Burnside, December 4, 2005