Derl Ray Bowman, 71, went to his Heavenly home while surrounded by his family on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
Derl was born on April 10, 1948, in Quincy, Ill., to Ray Lester and Geneva Christine Sparrow Bowman. On Oct. 7, 1967, he married the love of his life, Ruth Ann Durst Bowman. He and his wife helped grow and sustain a multi-generational family farming operation. She survives.
Derl is also survived by his son, Daryn Ray, daughter-in-law, Amy Meyer, Taylor, Mo.; and his daughter, Denise Marie Moore, and son-in-law, Scott, Quincy. Derl’s legacy will live on through his most prized possessions, his grandchildren, Kenady Layne Moore, Kaitlyn Marie Moore, Alayna Ryan Moore, Drake Richard Moore and Emily Rae Bowman.
A daughter by heart, Kendra Michelle (Paul) Scifres and their children, Camden, Carli, Ava, and Aspen Scifres also survive him. He is also survived by a special niece, Marla (Jeff) Gilliland and their children Jared Gilliland (Lily), and Jordan Gilliland and Jared’s daughter, Julie, as well as Jason and Justin Bowman. Additional survivors include his mother-in-law, Irene Durst; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, a brother (Leon); and his father-in-law.
He was a 1966 graduate of LaGrange High School. Prior to graduating high school, Derl was working for his future father-in-law on the family farm in rural LaGrange. Upon graduation, Derl attended IBM school in Kansas City, Mo., to study computer wiring.
He was a member of the United States Naval Reserves from 1966-1968.
Derl was a well-known swine and crop farmer in Northeast Missouri. He was active in the Missouri Pork Producers Association, served on the Lewis County C-1 school board as a member and president, and was a contributor to the LaGrange Community Youth Center.
He was a real estate agent at Happel Realtors and a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.
Derl lived his life as a servant leader. He was always the first to help a person in need. He was passionate about many things in life, but the love he had for his family was beyond measure.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 2020 S. 24th Street, Quincy, with Rev. Timothy A. White officiating. Burial will be in Mark’s Cemetery in LaGrange.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Brunk, Mike Durst, John Knoche, Tim Stahl, Dewayne Waterman and David Wheeler.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jared Gilliland, Jordan Gilliland, Ethan Durst, Evan Knoche, Tim Cramsey, Adam Wardlow, Tucker Martin and Halsey Fischer.
Music will be provided by Camden Scifres, vocalist, and Evelyn Scifres, organist.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ.
Out of love for his grandchildren and all children, to honor Derl’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions in his honor to his grandchildren’s education fund or to the LaGrange Community Youth Center.