“Journeys with a Gratiot Cemetarian” 6.7: Donald E. Bowen, World War II – Korea – Vietnam Veteran, Alma Riverside Cemetery


Donald E. Bowen was born July 27, 1925, to Emery and Alice Bowen in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was one of four children and he graduated from Flint High School in 1943. Don served his country for thirty years in the Air Force, starting in World War II and continuing during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the Air Force in 1974. Don was known to many in the area as the owner of several businesses in the St. Louis and Alma area including Twin City Coin shop, Alma Coin Exchange, and Alma Collectors Den. Don was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Moose Lodge. He married his wife Letha in 1943 and together they had four children. Don passed away September 7, 2002, and he is buried in Alma’s Riverside Cemetery. Donald E. Bowen is one of many Gratiot County men and women who served their county, state, and country during times of war.

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