Albert Edward Bowman, Jr., age 84, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, WA, died on Saturday, October, 26, 2013, at his home in Hoquiam. Al was born on August 5, 1929, in Lamont, Oklahoma, to Albert (Ted) E. Bowman, Sr. and Lena M. (Brunk) Bowman.
He came with his parents and his sister, Mary (Bronnes) Bowman, to Hoquiam in 1946, from Blackwell, OK and completed his senior year at Hoquiam High School. He graduated from both Blackwell and Hoquiam High Schools in 1947. During school, he worked as a film projectionist at two theaters when he was 14 years old and was the Emerson Hotel elevator operator when he was 16 years old.
After graduation from high school, he worked at Hoquiam Plywood and US Plywood. In 1991, he retired after working 20 years at Grays Harbor Paper Co. He was active in the unions where he worked and served as shop steward and other union positions.
Al was very active in the Hoquiam Masonic Lodge serving as a Past Master, a 33rd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Lodge, Almoner and HMI member. He was instrumental in getting the Masonic Lodge Building in Hoquiam designated as a National and Washington State Historical Building. He encouraged building improvements to enable it to be used by wedding parties and a local dance group.
Al met his future wife, Genevieve “Gen” at a dance at Dreamland in Hoquiam. He was married to Genevieve on July 5, 1949, in Raueville, South Dakota. They lived on DeKay Road until moving to their present home in 1955.
Al and Gen enjoyed attending auctions, going to garage sales and re-selling items. Al was an avid reader and commonly was found sitting in his favorite chair reading multiple newspapers, magazines and books. He also became interested in computers and checked his email regularly.
Al is survived by his children, Steven (Denise) of Gig Harbor, Arthur (Dianne) of Tumwater, Chris of Pittsburgh and Loretta (Don) of Hoquiam; grandchildren, Nicole, Sarah, Martcil, Christianne, Dameon, Carlin; great grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Aiden, Lily, Ivy, Jack, Sam, Brandone, Dylon, Mia, Martcil, Hannah, Michael, Marcus and great-great-grandchild, Christopher. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Gen of 61 years; parents; sister, Mary Bronnes; and grandson, Daniel Bowman.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Grays Harbor Relay for Life, P.O. Box 202, Aberdeen, WA 98520.
There will be a family and friends gathering at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Hoquiam between the hours of 2-4 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
A private service of inurnment will be held at a later date at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.
Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary of Hoquiam, Washington.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.