July 27, 1927 - April 10, 2017
Service Date: April 13, 2017
Obituaries » Lester Henry Bowman, SR.
Lester Henry Bowman, Sr., longtime resident of Hillsboro, died on Monday April 10th at the Shenandoah Center in Charles Town, WV. He passed peacefully after a valiant battle with lymphoma. He was of Lutheran faith.
He leaves his wife of 67 years, Evelyn (Maurer) Bowman, one daughter Karyn Shank and husband Garrett, and two sons; Lester Bowman Jr. and wife Ali and Douglas Bowman and wife Kim.
In addition to his wife and three children, he leaves behind eight grandchildren: Heather Gottke and husband Sean, Jesse Dixon and wife Jen, Lester Bowman the 3rd and wife Andrea, Catie Pusey and husband Logan, Jessica Carroll and long time partner Michael, Kyle Bales and Marissa Bales.
Mr. Bowman was also blessed with six great grandchildren: Chyane Hardman and husband Jeb, Matthew and Jacob Dixon, Nyla and Camden Bowman, and Elliott Pusey. He leaves behind one great, great grandson, Raidyn Hardman.
Born on July 27th, 1927 in Schuykil County, Pa., he was the loving son of Henry Wayne Bowman and Beatrice (Kissinger) Bowman. Mr. Bowman leaves behind two sisters, Pearl Enterline and husband Russell, and Leah Undercuffler and husband Donald.
He was preceded in death by brother, Mark Bowman and sister Rhoda Wilmsen, whom he and Evelyn raised from the age of 12.
After graduating high school in Pittman, Pa., he joined the US Navy in 1945 and served four years on the USS Wisconsin. Upon returning to Pittman, he married the love of his life, Evelyn, and their relationship flourished for nearly 67 years.
Mr. Bowman worked at the Federal Aviation Center in Leesburg, Va. for thirty three years and two months. It was during this tenure that he and Evelyn formed many lifelong friendships, and together they enjoyed camping, square dancing and country music.
Upon retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration, Mr. Bowman, who was also a very prominent participant in Loudoun 4-H, returned to his loves of farming and raising honey bees. He and Evelyn spent many years as vendors at farmers’ markets in the Arlington, Mount Vernon and Falls Church areas. He was dubbed the “Shiitake King” in an article by the Leesburg Times in 1976.
Once the Bowmans ended their time at the local farmers’ markets, they established their own “honor system” market at Hidden Creek Apiary, their home and farmstead in Hillsboro, Va, which had a loyal following of visitors seeking fresh flowers, honey and honey vinegars, shiitake mushrooms, vegetables and fruit.
His devotion to his wife, his family, and his faith was unwavering. He will be fondly remembered by many friends too numerous to mention, and his gentle grace will be greatly missed far and wide.
Graveside services will be held at the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, Va on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 am. The family will receive visitors and share remembrances immediately following the service at the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the American Cancer Society or to the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lovettsville, Va.