Albert V. Bowles, 83, of Greenfield, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Sugar Creek Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Sept. 19, 1932, in Rushville, as the son of Walter F. and Ruth M. (Pugh) Bowles.
A graduate of New Palestine High School in 1951, he completed requirements for an Associates Degree in Science at Vincennes University in 1979. Albert also attended Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., in 1968.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and he also served in the Air Force Reserves. Albert married Betty (Huffman) on Feb. 11, 1951, in Philadelphia, Ind.
He was a United Methodist Pastor from 1968-1990 at Blue River Chapel, Charlottesville, Bruceville/Asbury Chapel, Patoka/Wheeling/Atkinson Chapel, Vincennes/ Decker/ Trinity, Ogleville and St. Paul.He also worked as a tool and die maker at Switzer Corporation, Indiana Gear Works, Proportionaire and Fountain Forge.
Mr. Bowles was a past president for the Greenfield Lions Club and a Boy Scout Leader in Philadelphia. He loved fishing, camping, gardening, writing poems, reading and playing the piano. He also loved collecting fossils, minerals and Indian artifacts.
Albert is survived by his wife, Betty Bowles of Greenfield; three sons, Dr. Richard L. (Sharon) Bowles of Danville, Ill., Ron Bowles of Bloomington and John Albert (Michelle) Bowles of Salem; four sisters, Thelma Nelson of Tenn., Joyce Sheldon of Fla., Mary Ray of Ga. and Carolyn Davis of Fla.; five grandchildren, Alexander, James, Tiffeny, Travis and Johnathon and several great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James Lee Bowles and Harry Short and sister, Pearl Nixon.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at Faith United Methodist Church, 328 N. Swope Street, Greenfield, IN 46140. Reverend Mike Hopper will be officiating. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery in Philadelphia, Ind., with military rites presented by the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be sent directly to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or envelopes will be available at the mortuary.
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