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 NEW BRIGHTON Rudolph "Rudy" Bowman, 83, of New Brighton, died at his home on Sunday, November 9, 2008.
   Rudy was born December 23, 1924 in Rector, PA, a son of the late Rudolph and Minnie Mae (Frye) Bowman.
   He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army as a Parachute Infantryman, 82nd Airborne, during World War II in the European Theater.
   He was retired from Baker Engineers of Beaver, where he worked as a Senior Designer in the Civil Engineering Department. Rudy was also the owner and operator of the Beaver Valley Auto (B.V.A.) Driving School.
   In his leisure, he enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting. In addition to his parents, Rudy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (Terney) Bowman on February 16,1998.
   He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Margaret and Charles VanFossan, Cranberry Township and Mary F. Bowman, Dallas, TX; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Deborah Bowman and Timothy and Linda Bowman, all of Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren, Jason, Rachel, Courtney, Aaron, Kevin, Sarah and Rebecca; his friend and companion, June Newberry, Beaver Falls; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Helen Bowman, Somerset, PA, and a sister: Mae Crawford, El Paso, TX. Rudy will be greatly missed by all.
   Friends will be received Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the SAUL-GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 273 Route 68, Rochester (adjacent to Sylvania Hills Memorial Park), with a brief service immediately following the visitation. Private interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

[Allegheny Times, Coraopolis, PA, Wed, November 12, 2008]

[courtesy of Louis Martinage]

Grave marker for Rudolph F. Bowman in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester (Beaver county), Pennsylvania.

Rudolph registered for the draft in Ligonier, PA on 29 December 1942 and was inducted into the Army at New Cumberland, PA on 6 July 1944.

Pvt Bowman was transferred from the 11th Reinforcement Depot to Company B, 508th PIR on 7 March 1945.

He was discharged at Fort Dix, NJ on 24 June 1946.


Rudolph submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus on 18 January 1950.

He was credited with 7 months of domestic duty and 13 months of foreign service netting him a $195 bonus award.

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