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Herlie Bowerman


August 12, 1924
September 16, 2020

Visitation 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. Monday, September 21, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral Private Family Service

Herlie Ray Bowerman, 96, of Centralia passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2020. He was born on August 12, 1924 the son of James and Ruth (Minter) Bowerman in Benton, KY. He married Mildred Fay Perkins on May 1, 1948 in Paducah, KY and she preceded him in death on March 3, 2001.

Survivors include his beloved sons, Rick Bowerman of Salem, and Ron Bowerman and wife Vicki also of Salem; precious grandchildren, Nick, Jaclyn, Travis, Kena, Kevin; several cherished great-grandchildren; caring brother, Rudy Bowerman of Centralia; caring sister-in-law, Verna Hixenbaugh and husband Allan of Wamac; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Along with his wife of over 50 years, Mildred Bowerman, Herlie was preceded in death by both his parents, James and Ruth Bowerman; his son, Kenneth Bowerman; and his sister, Velta Washburn.

Mr. Bowerman served in the United States Marine Corp with honor and pride. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ. He was a member of VFW Post 25 and held honorable position with the Marine Corp League. His first job was with Mother’s Bakery in Centralia, before joining the Marine Corp. Herlie provided for his family by working, as a dedicated employee of Illinois Central Railroad for 42 years. Dedication to hard work was ingrained in Herlie from a young age and even after retirement he continued to be a natural entrepreneur. He succeeded in many businesses that he owned and operated with his decorative brick business, Bowerman Carpet Cleaning, and selling vacuums. Herlie took immaculate care of his yard and received complements on it from many in his neighborhood. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved to watch their games at the stadium. Herlie treasured his wife and showered her with support, love, and attention all through their marriage and especially during her valiant fight with cancer. He always appreciated the support given to him by his family and was welcomed by his wife’s family as one of their own. He cherished all the close relationships and wonderful memories he made with his family. He was a proud Grandpa and liked to spoil his grandchildren with his time. Herlie’s work ethic and love for his family will live on with all in his family.

Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Herlie Bowerman with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held privately with the family at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Minister Stephen Nail officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia where Military Rites will be accorded by VFW Post 2055 and American Legion Post 446. A visitation time will be held from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia, where those in attendance will be encouraged to wear a mask and the amount of people will be limited to 50. Memorials may be made in Mr. Bowerman’s honor to Six Lemons. Online condolences and memories of Mr. Bowerman may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.