Robert E. Bowen, 72, formerly of Reading, died Sept. 18, 2008, in New Milford, Conn., where he resided.He was the husband of Ruth (Planner) Bowen.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late John and Annie (Holdeman) Bowen.

He is survived by three sons: David Bowen, North Carolina; Frank Bowen, South Carolina; and Bob Bowen, Texas.

Other survivors include two brothers, John R. Bowen, Reading; and Alfred Bowen, Womelsdorf; and two sisters, Lucy Howell, Hartwell, Ga.; and Barbara Treivel, Leesport.

There are also 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lillis Funeral Home, New Milford, is in charge of arrangements.

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