Charles Edward Bowen III (Ed) died on April 4, 2023, at 9:10pm in the comfort of his own home holding hands with his loving wife, Pammi Bowen. He fought a courageous and difficult battle with the big C, but his time has come and in doing so we come together to remember and celebrate the life of this amazing man. Words cannot even begin to describe the kind of man Ed was as much as words cannot describe how big the void is in all of our lives.
Ed was born on February 3,1971, in Peru, Indiana to parents Betty Jo King and Charles Edward Bowen Jr. He was the only boy born into a family with five sisters. He graduated from Peru High School in 1990 and made the bold decision to begin adventuring too far off places, buying a one way ticket to Alaska. He spent some time travelling and decided to come home for a break when he met his previous wife, Margaret, who he spent many years with and had three children together.
He was a long time employee for the Peru Street Department for over five years before taking an adventure to North Carolina where he spent time enjoying sunshine and sand but was eventually drawn back to Peru where he rejoined the Street Department for over a decade before taking an early retirement.
Ed was a presence to behold. He had a personality that was as bold as his beard and a smile that could light up a room. He lived next door to his best friend since childhood, Steve Gutbrod and his daughter Olivia who were like family through it all. Between Steve, another friend from his youth, Leonard Reese and a work friend, Todd Brown, he had the brothers he had always hoped for.
He met Pammi Montgomery (Pam) and fell in love and on June 11, 2016, he changed her last name. The two adopted Ed's granddaughter and Ed acquired three new adult children from Pam. They spent their time travelling to warmer climates, seeking refuge in Florida and Arizona whenever possible. They longed for warmer weather to ease the chill that the Indiana air brings. Ed was diagnosed in April 2021, and took aggressive action to prolong his time with his family and friends as he loved being the life of the party. He loved his wife, his kids, his friends, his Harley, his dogs, his friends and so much more. He was strong, he was brave, he was kind and gentle. He had a special love of nature and birds, which he loved to watch and identify. Ed was filled with passion and drive and will be missed. We celebrate the man Ed was.
In addition to his wife Pam, Charles is survived by his children Rachel Lawson, Heather (Andrew) Watkins, Charles Bowen, IV, Chevy Bowen and Leeonaa Bowen; step-children Christina Montgomery, Johnna (Eric Books) Ditton and Cody Ditton; siblings Lisa (James) Lambrecht, Josie (Jay) Shaneyfelt, Jamie Gibbs, Barbara (Claude) Gibbs, and Elizabeth (Eric) Molloy; his mother Betty Jo and her husband Timothy King; step-mother Dolly Bowen; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering celebrating the life of Charles Edward Bowen, III will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 15, 2023, at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, IN.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to Logansport Cancer Treatment Center.
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