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Clarence Lyell Bowling, 83, of Perry, Mo., passed away at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at Westview Nursing Home in Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Perry, with the Rev. John Grimmett officiating. Burial will be at Lick Creek Cemetery with military honors by the Perry VFW Post 4088.

Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Masonic services, provided by Lick Creek Masonic Lodge No. 302, will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Mr. Bowling was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Shelbina to Clarence Ezra and Edna Mae Thomas Bowling. He was married to Julia Marie "Peggy" Bailey in Perry. She preceded him in death June 1, 1970. Survivors include one son, John Bowling; four daughters, Brenda Whelan, Diana Perrigo, Pat Whelan and Cindy Tanner; one brother and sister-in-law; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

[Hannibal Courier-Post (MO) - Friday, October 27, 2006]

[courtesy of Anne Wagner]

Grave marker for Clarence L. Bowling in Lick Creek Cemetery, Perry (Ralls county), Missouri.

Clarence enlisted at Jefferson Barracks, MO on 23 July 1943.

Pfc Bowling was transferred to Service Company, 508th  from Field Force Replacement Depot 19 on 28 May 1944.   he was subsequently transferred to Company I.

Pfc Bowling was wounded in action in Holland on 18 September 1944 and evacuated to a field hospital.

He returned to Company I on 24 October 1944 and was immediately transferred to Service Company for further recuperation.

Pfc Bowling's military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for Holland campaign and Airborne operations.

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