Clifford R. BowlinAugust 6, 1933 ~ December 11, 2018 (age 85)
Clifford R. Bowlin passed away at a recovery center after a short hospital stay. He was born and raised in Van Buren, AK. Cliff was drafted into the Army and stationed in Japan where he met and married first wife, Keiko (deceased 2007). He loved reminiscing about how he met her on a bus and actively pursued her. They married February 14, 1955 and later moved to the United States.
After tours overseas in Korea and Italy, he was stationed at Ft. Carson in 1964. Cliff was reassigned for Ft. Carson after two more tours in Korea and surviving in Vietnam. He was proud of his military service and stayed very active in numerous retirement associations.
Upon his retirement, Cliff attended Real Estate College and worked as a realtor for several years. He then worked for the US Postal service, managing routes in rural towns in southern Colorado and along the western slope. Family was important to Cliff and he was responsible for organizing family celebrations for all occasions, ensuring his family came together and stayed in contact.
Cliff moved to assisted living in 2016 where he met Katherine Kimling at an organized outing. They fell in love and were united in marriage on August 5, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living among family and friends. He often talked about how fortunate he was to find love twice in a lifetime.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Katherine and her family; his two daughters, Kumiko “Amy” Iwata, and Katherine (Robert) Brooker; his son, Larry (Charlene) Bowlin; grandson, Ryan (Michelle) Taylor; granddaughter, Lindsey (Jason) Baker; and great-grandchildren, Olivia, Zion, Tristan, and Everly Taylor.
A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs on January 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. His cremated remains will be privately inurned at Ft. Logan Nat’l Cemetery in Denver.