Arnold Joseph Bowman


MELBOURNE, Fla. — Arnold Joseph “A.J. or Burr” Bowman, age 90, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on June 12, 2020, at his home in Melbourne.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Beach Funeral Home, West Chapel, 4999 N Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940. Rev. Dr. Michael Carey from The Church in the Wild and Rev. Woody Morrison from Hospice of Health First will be presiding. A memorial service is also being planned for the Lawrenceville/Bridgeport area for sometime in September.

Burr was born in Vincennes, Indiana, to Joseph Arthur and Veronica Katherine (Wichman) Bowman on Aug. 3, 1929. He married Patricia Sue Baldwin on July 26, 1952, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Vincennes.

Burr graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business where he also excelled in varsity football and baseball. After he graduated from the ROTC program he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. Using his college degree, he eventually became the owner and proprietor of a successful business — A.J. Bowman Insurance Agency in Bridgeport, where he worked and served his community for nearly four decades.

Burr and Sue built their home in Lawrenceville, near the city park where they raised their young family of three children. Later they purchased a beautiful 200-acre farm west of Lawrenceville and built a new home where the family resided and enjoyed riding horses and motocross racing and other outdoor activities. Burr enjoyed sponsoring and participating in family activities and he was always a good athlete and enjoyed playing handball and golf.

He was a member and leader of several clubs and organizations including the Lions Club in Bridgeport, the Bi-state Authority, the Lawrence County Country Club and the Parish Council at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville. He received many honors and accolades for his community participation and commitments. When Burr retired and relocated to Florida he became a founding member of Suntree Country Club and he also served on the Board of Directors of Augusta Village.

Burr was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Sue; and by an infant daughter, Karen Marie. He was also preceded by: four brothers, Arthur Louis Bowman and Charles Edward Bowman, both of Vincennes, Indiana, and Thomas and Paul Francis, who died in infancy.

Burr is survived by: his beloved Pollie; two daughters, Kimberly Sue Botts and her husband Mark of Syracuse, Indiana; and Janet Louise Lyon and her husband Joe of St. Charles; one son, John Douglas Bowman and his wife Gail (Williams) Bowman of Lawrenceville; two brothers, Robert Eugene Bowman and his wife Shirley of Dayton, Indiana; and James Kenneth Bowman and his wife Anne of Vincennes, Indiana; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.