George Ernest Bowen, Sr., age 94, of Brimley, Michigan passed away October 19, 2021, at War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.
George was born on May 31, 1927, in Flint, Michigan to the late John and Isabella (LeBlanc) Bowen. George served his country in the United States Army during WWII as Medic stationed in Guam. He drove as ambulance to and from the airfields and was discharged as a sergeant. He had worked as a merchant marine and a commercial fisherman, but his heart was in his artwork. He was a well-known artist who had paintings all over the United States and around the world. He was a hunter and gatherer, who loved being in nature. He also loved music and played the guitar. George was a member of the BMIC.
George is survived by his wife: Linda Alice (Tinsely) Bowen, whom he married on October 4, 1973 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI; his children: George Bowen, Jr., Honesty Willis, Jesse (Lori) Bowen, and Noah (Marilyn) Bowen all of Brimley, MI, Perri (Arthur) Cooper of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Robin (Fred) Farris of Bradley, SD, and Jill Dorsett of Denton, TX; beloved granddaughter: Cait Cooper of Brimley, MI; and son-in-law: Terry Sebastian of Sugar Island, MI, 18 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. George is also survived by a brother: Douglas Bowen of Las Vegas, Nevada and many, many nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter: Mindy Sebastian; two grandchildren; two sisters and six brothers.
A gathering will be held at the Bay Mills Cultural Center starting at 4:00 PM on Friday, October 22, 2021. A pipe ceremony will be held that night at 7:00 PM. A funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the cultural center. Burial will follow at Mission Hill Cemetery.