HAMPDEN - Irving L. Bowden Jr., 91, died July 21, 2015, at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. He was born June 26, 1924, in Frankfort, Maine. The oldest son of Grace and Irving Bowden, he grew up and was educated in Bangor before enlisting in the Navy to serve in the Atlantic. After being honorably discharged from the Navy he started his career in civil service as a carpenter at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, where he worked until the base's closure. Irving built his own home in Hampden, where he lived while raising his family with his beloved wife, Esther. He was a lifelong member of Hammond Street Congregational Church, as well as a proud WWII veteran.
Irving was married to his wife Esther for 68 years until her passing in 2014. He is survived by a sister, Nina Hansen of Bangor; his daughter, Peg Pupkis and her husband, Bill, of Frankfort; his son, Gary Bowden and his wife, Barbara, of Hampden; seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank everyone at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor for the kind and respectful care they provided to Irving during his stay.
A funeral service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street, Bangor, immediately following the service Saturday. Private interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.