Keith J. "Duke" Bowman, 81, passed away June 12, 2012, at Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center, Glenville.
He was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Tucker County at St. George and was a son of the late James Raymond Bowman and Theadocia Metz Bowman.
He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, 84th Air and Rescue Squadron from 1951 to 1955. He was a West Virginia State Trooper from March 26, 1956, until his retirement March 30, 1977. He also spent 31 years working with the United Church Alcohol Action Program and Teens Against Alcohol and Drugs Program. He was a Lay Speaker and Soul winner right up to his death.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Leona R. "Judy" Bowman; one son, Jeffrey Bowman (Connie) of Scott Depot; one daughter, Tracy Bowman of Charleston; one grandson, Christopher Keith Bowman of Scott Depot; one sister, Eleanor Faye Clark of Fairmont; two step children, Donny Nichols of Mt. Zion and and Sherry McCroskey of Grantsville, also survive. Three step grandchildren, April Whipkey, Brad McCroskey and Dustin Nichols, all of Grantsville; four step great grandchildren, Joseph, Allie, Autumn, Avery Whipkey, all of Grantsville; and five neices, two nephews and several cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by his first wife, Norma Lee Clutter Bowman, for 35 years; three sisters, Mary Jane, Delores Rose, Betty May and a brother, Howard "Bill" Bowman.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and anything the kids wanted to do.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville. Pastors Greg Swisher and Bryan Blair will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, and on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. until time of services.