Longtime Delta County resident Robert "Bud" Bowie died July 23, 2013, after a short illness. He was 92.
Mr. Bowie was born Aug. 20, 1920, to William and Martha Bowie and spent his childhood in Bowie. After graduating from Paonia High School, he attended the Colorado School of Mines and played on the 1939 undefeated football team. He graduated from Mines in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Army the next day. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 to 1946, primarily in Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of South America.
He married Mercedes "Sadie" Knight in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1946.
After being discharged from the Army he returned home for a brief period before taking a job with Union Pacific Coal Company in Rock Springs, Wyo. In 1954, Mr. Bowie returned to the area as the general manager of the Juanita Coal and Coke Company's King Mine in Bowie and remained in that position until its closing in 1975. From 1975-1985, Mr. Bowie was a consulting engineer with a brief stint as general manager of the Cameo Mine in Palisade. He retired in 1985 to his home in Hotchkiss.
Mr. Bowie was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, fishing, hiking and drives up the valley. He was a member of the American Legion and the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association.
He is survived by one sister, Katherine Stokes of Sun City, Ariz.; and 10 nieces and nephews, Jayne Ruth and Robert Wilson, James and Brian Abshire, Bill, Kit and Bruce Bowie, and Donald, Tom and Susan Stokes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie, in 1988; four siblings, Sib Wilson, James Bowie, Bill Bowie and Ruth Abshire.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.
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