Obituary: Keith Conn Bowman

bowmanIn loving memory of Keith Conn Bowman, 79. Born May 13, 1936 in Bandon, Ore. to Nolan and Josephine Bowman, he was the third of five children. He went to be with the Lord on Feb. 10 in Eureka.

Keith loved fishing on his commercial boats, hunting and being in the woods. He ran track and played football in school. Picking greens and brush for the local floral business was a staple work for him because he could sing to everything in the great outdoors.

He helped so many people, it’s too many to count. No one was a stranger to Keith; he would either sing his original songs or talk about cars and trucks.

He was in the Honor Guard for Eisenhower and was sent to Vietnam. The President attended all of Keith’s boxing bouts. Keith taught judo and sang with Sam Cooke at Fort Myers, Va. Keith worked in the mills and even sold insurance for a short time. He would argue politics with anyone and felt like he was one of the last hillbillies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lola Moore, brother Stan. He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia, his brother Dick from Grants Pass, Ore.; Joe and Kathleen from Tacoma, Wash.; daughter Brenda Stewart from McKinleyville; son Gary Keith Bowman from Redding, and his grandkids, Andrew Stewart, Zach, Melody and Rachel Swanson. A memorial was held at the Arcata Presbyterian Church.

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