Phillip E. Bowlen

Phillip E. Bowlen, 78, of Indianapolis, died Saturday, May 30, 2015. He was born on Aug. 24, 1936, in Monroe County, as the son of Lawrence and Ella (Baugh) Bowlen. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married on Aug. 25, 1957, Oneita Bowlen; sons, Kevin (Merrie) Bowlen of Springfield, Mo., Barry (Lynnette) Bowlen of New Palestine and Jay (Sheri) Bowlen of Huntsville, Ala.; siblings, Paul (Sharon) Bowlen of Indianapolis, Jan (Barry) Ryser of Bloomington, Donna Pratt of Bloomington, Ron (Cheryl McKamey) Bowlen of Martinsville and Connie (Jim) Hill of Bloomington;  nine grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Ella Bowlen and siblings, Richard, Thomas, Jerry Bowlen, and Bertha Avery.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at New Palestine Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4053 South 650 West, New Palestine, IN 46163. A funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation. Reverend Travis Hacker will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent directly to New Palestine Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4053 South 650 West, New Palestine, IN 46163 or envelopes will be available at the church.

Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to sympathy@erleweinmortuary.com.

Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield.