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William Robert Bowles

May 16, 1936 — December 25, 2021

William Robert “Billy Bob” Bowles, 85, of rural Veedersburg died at 11:25 A. M. Saturday December 25, 2021 at Franciscan St Elizabeth Health, Crawfordsville, IN after being ill three weeks.  He was born May 16, 1936 at Oakwood, IL the son of Harvey Bowles and Hazel (Miller) Bowles Inman.

Bob graduated from Oakwood High School in 1955.  He was employed at Devro Teepak for thirty-one years, retiring in 1999.  Before that he farmed in the Oakwood area.  He attended Scotts Prairie Christian Church.

He collected antique tractors, large and small, and enjoyed going to tractor shows.  He was a member of the Hoosier Two-

Cylinder Club.  His biggest enjoyment was his great grandchildren, caring for his livestock and the late summer trips to the Smokey Mountain.

Survived by a daughter Shawn Zilinski, of FL; two step daughters, Carol (Arthur) Sellers of Covington, IN, and Anna M. Ward of Wheatland, CA; a grandson Jeffrey Zilinski, three step grandchildren, Andrew T. Howard, Valerie A. Deaton, and Anthony Sellers; six great step grandchildren, Andrew T. Howard, Jr., Hannah Grace Howard, Jadon Howard, Wyatt Deaton, Bryce Deaton, and Sky Lynn Deaton; a brother-in-law Samuel (Vivian) Merryman of Crawfordsville, IN, a sister-in-law Mary Ann Merryman of Perrysville, IN; a step brother Charles (Hila) Inman of Catlin, IL; a step sister-in-law Karen Inman of Oregon.  He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, an infant brother, brother-in-law, two step brothers, and a stepson.

Funeral services for him and his wife Jane will be at 2:00 P. M. EST Thursday December 30, 2021 at Shelby Funeral Home, Covington with Rev. Gerald Holdman officiating.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hillsboro.  Visitation 12:00 P. M. until time of services at 2:00 P. M.  Condolences to the family: .


Shelby Funeral Home

Thursday, December 30, 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 622 3rd Street
Covington, Indiana 47932 Directions Funeral Service

Shelby Funeral Home

Thursday, December 30, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 622 3rd Street
Covington, Indiana 47932 Directions
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