Obit: Bowe, Bruce "Neil" (1952 - 2006)

Contact:  Shari Hahn

Surnames: Bowe, Jagim, Taylor, Wagner

----Sources: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sept 10, 2006

Bowe, Bruce "Neil" (7 Sept. 1952 - 6 Sept. 2006)

Bruce 'Neil' Bowe

Bruce "Neil" Bowe, 53, passed away unexpectedly at the University of Wisconsin Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, due to complications following his long-awaited kidney transplant. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in St. John's Catholic church, Waunakee. Monsignor James Gunn will officiate.

Friends may call the Winn Funeral Home of Waunakee today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Military rites will be held at 5 p.m. by the Waunakee American Legion Post No. 360. Friends may also call the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. A memorial service and burial will be held in Neil's hometown, Loyal, on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church.

Neil was born Sept. 7, 1952, in Waterville, Wash., to Ben & Mildred (Jagim) Bowe. He served in the Army from 1973 to 1978, and was stationed in Miraflores Locks, Panama. He married the former Jackie Jo Taylor on Nov. 6, 1976, and they had been married for 29 years.

He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and looked forward to his many trips to the Flambeau River with the guys and spending time at the family cabin up north. He also enjoyed working in his yard and flower garden. Neil was committed to helping his sons pursue their passion in the martial arts. He dedicated countless hours and relentless energy to both Nick in his achievement of third-degree black belt and Andy's achieving a second-degree black belt. He was very proud of his sons and never hesitated to let people know of their accomplishments. Neil will always be remembered for his random acts of kindness and his story telling, making people laugh and bringing smiles to their faces.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Jo; two sons, Nick and Andy; four brothers, Larry (Cindy) Bowe of Loyal, John (Sandy) Bowe of Spencer, Raymond Bowe of Unity and LeRoy (Terry) Bowe of Loyal; two sisters-in-law, Vicki Taylor and Barb Bowe; two brothers-in-law, Kevin Taylor and Jason Taylor; a stepfather-in-law, John Wagner; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Mildred; his brother, Don; his mother-in-law, Ellen Wagner, and father-in-law, Jack Taylor.

Neil's family would like to express their thanks to the doctors and staff of Saint Mary's Hospital Renal Center for the wonderful care given to Neil during his dialysis treatments. They also would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Sollinger and his staff for everything they did to try to save Neil. The family also wishes to express love and gratitude to their hero, Neil's brother, Raymond, who donated a kidney to save his brother.



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