William Woodrow (Woodie) Bowden, Lt. Col. USAF Ret., formerly of Austin, 80, died Saturday, July 31, 1999. Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Fowler Cemetery in Spicewood under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls.
A native of Belton, he was born Aug. 20, 1918, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Bowden. He graduated from Belton High School in 1935 and later earned his bachelor of science through the University of Maryland's Pentagon Branch. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1940 and flew 28 bombing missions with the 8th Air Force during World War II as a command pilot. He also served under the office of the Deputy Inspector General and with the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Air Attache Division before retiring, after 32 years, Austin where he sold real estate and ranched. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, a champion skeet shooter and loved to drive a tractor.
Survivors include his
-wife, Frances Bowden of Meadowlakes;
- three daughters and two sons-in-law,
...--Susan and D.A. Johnson of San Antonio and
...--Laura and Richard Simon of Mission, Tx.;
-two stepsons and wives,
...--Allan and Susan McGinty of San Angelo and
...--Steven and Kathy McGinty of Abilene;
-sister-in-law, Bettie Bowden of Austin; and
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.