Waterloo - Robert Wayne Bowman, 85, passed away Wednesday February 5, 2020 at Parkview DeKalb Hospital in Auburn. Bob was born on October 14, 1934, in DeKalb County to Wayne and Opal Knott Bowman. He started school in a one-room school house in Hamilton, where his mother was his teacher. He then attended school in Ashley and graduated in 1953. He served his country in the U.S. Navy reserves, class of 1953. On August 8, 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Brand. The Bowman’s bought their first farmstead in 1962. Five years later, they bought the Bowman Family homestead in Waterloo, where they made the rest of their lives together. This farm recently received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award, and has been in the family since 1873. Bob also served on the DeKalb Agri Co-op board for 34 years. He was a very progressive thinker, exploring better ways to accomplish his goals in farming, partnering, and working together— always with a deep concern for the agricultural environment. Bob enjoyed history, genealogy, travel, and most of all working to improve his land. He will be greatly missed by those he left, especially his family. Son Kevin and Rachel (Voelkel) Bowman of Waterloo, son Steve Bowman of Ft. Wayne, daughter Debbie and Steve Teson of O’Fallon, MO, grandchildren Hayley Bowman and fiancé Josh McCurry of Ann Arbor, MI, Cyrus and Holly Bowman of Auburn, Sierra Teson and fiancé Sam Beckwith of St. Peters, MO, and Brooke and Amber Teson of O’Fallon, MO. Bob is survived by his sister Barbara and Tony Kleis of Whitehouse, OH, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Bob is at peace and joined wife, Jean, and daughter, Kimberly Jean, in his heavenly home. Services will be 11 AM Tuesday February 11, 2020 at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 875 South Wayne Street, Waterloo, IN 46793. Burial will follow the service in Waterloo Cemetery. Calling is Monday from 2 to 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorials can be given in Bob’s name to Community Foundation DeKalb County, to support the youth involved in 4 H. To send condolences visit www.fellerandclark.com.
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