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Dennis Bowen

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“Denny...From the time I reported aboard USS Savage DER 386 as a green Ensign, you as Gunnery Officer and my direct superior, took me under your wing...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Frank Vogel - San Angelo, TX

“To the family of Dennis Bowen:Please accept my condolences on the death of Denny. I am also a former Penn State NROTC Regular from Lewisburg. ...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Perc Everitt - Gaithersburg, MD

“DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DENNIS. GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU THROUGH THESE SAD TIMES. R. I. P. DENNIS ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Carter - Millmont, PA

“Denny was an invaluable member of the Chittenden County Prostate Cancer Support Group. It would not have flourished in the past few years without...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“We are pleased to have gotten to know Denny (& family!) through LCYC. May happy memories with Denny carry you always! Our condolences... ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Mary & Chris Lintermann

“I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly." ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Bob and I offer our deepest sympathy to the entire Bowen family. Denny's passing leaves a big gap in the world. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Andrea Smithgall Blair - Leesburg, FL

“I'm sorry for the loss of Denny. He,and his wife are great people. I've only known him and his wife for a short time. I found him to be a very hard...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Peter Gadue - Shelburne, VT


10 of 18 | Posted by: Sally Baskin Kobus - Lewisburg, PA

“My sincere condolences to the family of Dennis. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Cheryl - NC

“So sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers goes out to the friends and family. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Denny, I cannot believe you have left us. It seems like I just saw you at Sugarbush. Due to commitments to support our first grandchild out in...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tom McAuliff - Charlotte, VT

Denny and Barbara- true love for eternity. “To the family of Dennis Bowen, There are not enough words in this world to describe how remarkable Denny was. He took myself and my husband under his...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Mark and Debbie Lyter - Bristol, VT

“Scott, Kendra and the Bowen family - We never met Denny, but through stories you've shared and this beautiful obituary, we can easily paint a picture...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Jenn and Jon Pizzagalli Shelburne

“Susan,Jane and Ray,It was such an honor to get to meet Dennis.His love for you all was obvious.Barbara's eye's lit up when her Denny walked in the...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Denny was one of the best people I've ever known. I'll miss his always sound advice, great heart, clear mind, ironic humor. He was inspiring and...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Huling - Charlotte, VT

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Denny's entire family. He was a valued friend and will be greatly missed at the Rotary meetings, on the lake, and...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Russell Blodgett - Charlotte, VT


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Dennis Philip Bowen arrived in this world in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1937 after a mad dash over the back roads from Wellsboro, PA he, considerate as ever, waited until the arrival at the hospital to make his exit from the incubator otherwise known as his mother Claribel Smithgall Bowen. The driver, in the dash to the hospital, his father, Charles Raymond Bowen paced outside as was then the custom until the news came that a healthy boy had arrived. World War II was cranking up and our nation was building munitions in Indian Head, Maryland. The family headed south so dad could work at the factory. Over the next ten years three brothers, Chuck, Arthur and Bill and a sister, Gail joined the family. In 1947 the family moved to Selinsgrove, PA and was home for over forty years. From age 12 to the time he left home for college he worked at a corner grocery store, had a large paper route, built a beautiful power boat from plans, was on the staff of the high school year book. Most mornings during high school he would be picked up by a friend in a Model T ford. Little brothers would be relegated to the rumble seat no matter what the weather. Denny was always the reliable, hardworking and bright leader of the clan. Always on the honor roll, he made it difficult for his siblings who followed in his track. "Why can't you be more like your brother?" Though not large in stature, he was tough as nails as an outside linebacker in the old single wing version of football that was then the norm. He excelled in crafting balsa wood model airplanes some of which had wing spans of close to six feet. After high school he earned a ROTC scholarship to Penn State University. Fraternities were part of the campus life and KDR was his. Upon graduation he was stationed in Hawaii and served on a destroyer escort in the North Pacific watching for Soviet activity during the cold war in what was known as the "picket line". He made a quick trip back East to marry Barbara Roed and carted her back to the islands. Ingrid was born in Hawaii while Denny was at sea and Barbara has never quite forgiven him for not being there. His years in service completed he joined forces with IBM with his territory in upstate New York. They made their home in Plattsburg which introduced them to Lake Champlain, the mountains on both sides of the lake and neighbors who remained friends to his death. Daughter Susan joined the family while in New York. A series of moves later they all put down deep roots in Skaneateles, NY while Denny worked for 26 years as a computer systems manager for Unity Life Insurance. For those old enough to remember such things Y2K was entering the scene with concerns that the entire world would stop because the computers in use were not supposed to function at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000. He was hired to join a company in Chicago to prevent disaster in their systems. He was obviously successful as industry and business continued world wide. His services no longer needed, the move to Vermont became the goal. Denny loved what was offered in this beautiful state, friends, skiing, the lake for sailing. Jane and Ray, Susan's children were his grandchildren, but they had to share his attention and love with the children of nephews all who returned his love in abundance. Denny maintained a swimming pool for Barbara and the kids but never used it himself. He was appreciative of others differences, he was a patient willing listener and thoughtful speaker who weighed his responses. He was a careful, willing teacher and mentor. He raised the bar in his endeavors and instilled others to do likewise. Denny had a keen interest in the earths' wonders, beauty and mysteries. Never stopped learning, whether it was geology or taking lessons to improve his time on the slalom course he ran each Thursday. He never stopped striving to make life better for his family, friends, and tenants. He was active as a member at Lake Champlain Yacht Club from the work days, being on the board and as a reliable crew for Wednesday evening races. He loved being part of the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary and could always be depended upon to provide muscle and intellect for the needs of the club and others. Denny treasured the Rotary friends. He loved flowers but would rather any funds intended for flowers be donated instead to the Charlotte-Shelburne Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 156, Shelburne, VT 05482 or the Alzheimer's Association, easy to donate online. A memorial service is planned for March 15, 2017 at 3 PM at the Shelburne Methodist Church, 30 Church Street, Shelburne, Vermont 05482.

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