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DOWNEY – Services for Claude Norman Bowman will be held Monday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery in Riverside.
He is survived by his sons, Steven Bowman of Agua Dulce and Bill Bowman of Wisconsin; grandsons Josh Bowman of Indiana, Dylan Bowman of Wisconsin and Matt Bowman; granddaughter Erin Bowman of Murietta; four great-grandchildren; and sisters Luz Thompson of Huntington Beach and Carmen Smith of Newport Beach.
The Bowman family moved to Downey from Los Angeles in 1945. Claude graduated from Downey High in 1948 and enlisted in the Marine Corp upon graduation.
He was among the first Marines sent to the Korean War, where he was injured in 1950 and lost the use of his left arm and hand.
He attended Cal Poly under the GI Bill and received a degree in agriculture. After retirement, he became involved in writing and acting while living in Hemet and later in Tacoma, Wash.
His final years were spent at the VA Hospital where he passed away from complications after surgery.
A reception will follow Monday’s funeral service at a not-yet-determined restaurant near the cemetery.
Published: November 15, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 31