My Uncle Jim passed away last Monday. His wife is my Aunt Bonnie, my mom’s sister.
Uncle Jim’s obituary:
Vaughn V. Bowman, 82, of Jupiter died Monday, Sept. 8. He was born in Kane, Pa., and lived in Florida since 1957. In 1957, he moved to Florida, where he founded Penn Land Company and over the next four years built 100 homes in Jupiter. He worked for State Farm Insurance from 1961 to 1995, receiving numerous company awards including President’s Club, Legion of Honor and the Millionaires Club. From 1957 to 1961, he built 100 homes in Jupiter through the Penn Land Company, which he founded. Before that, he worked for his family’s business, W.W. Bowman and Son Lumber Company. He served in the Army during World War II as a “Jungleer” after attending the Army’s engineering school at Virginia Military Institute. As part of the 41st Infantry Division, he was part of successful beachhead invasions at Mindanao, Jolo and the Tawi Tawi in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He was one of the founding members of the First United Methodist Church of Jupiter/Tequesta where he served in many leadership roles. He directed the site selection and the construction of all phases of the church. He was active in numerous community organizations including the Kiwanis Club for 40 years; the Elks Club; Chamber of Commerce; the American Legion, serving as post commander; and many others. At the time of his death, he was the president of the U.S. Army 41st Infantry Association, Southeast Region. He was also president of the 5M Company. Survivors include his wife Bonnie; four sons, James Bowman and wife Karylyn, Bill Bowman and wife Beverly, Tom Bowman and wife Holly and Bob Bowman; five daughters, Elizabeth Scupham and husband Peer, Dee Terry, Julie Kincaid and husband David, Judi Archuleta and husband Merdardo and Heather Wieseneck and husband David; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 at the First United Methodist Church of Jupiter/Tequesta, 815 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. The Rev. Dr. John Myers and the Rev. Dr. E. Wayne Speakman, former pastor, will officiate. A reception will immediately follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. Private burial will be at Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jupiter/Tequesta, 815 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33477; First United Methodist Children’s Home, 51 Main Street, Enterprise, FL 32725; or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 789, West Palm Beach, FL 33402. Arrangements were by Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home of Jupiter.
My Uncle Jim was a very loving and kind man, and I imagine that my Aunt Bonnie feels a little lost right now. Please keep my her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.