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“Jane and Family, My sincere condolences on Joe's passing. I had the honor to serve with him during our affiliation with NMCB-25. FairVKU...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Richard Rozman

“I met Joe when we were both members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25. We shared a few laughs and good times. He was way too young to pass...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Flood - Waupaca, WI

“I was blessed with knowing Mr Bowerman and words can not express how saddened I am by his passing may god keep you all in his hands at this time you...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Miona Madden - Des Moines, IA

“You could always rely on Joe to get it done. He was a great Seabee and friend,he also knew which button to push to get you going but always made it...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: ozzie klein - lake kinden, MI

“I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I didn't know him personally, but heard many fond stories of him, as I was a friend of his parents. The...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Nielsen - Dubuque, IA

“Many of us have had the privilege of serving with this great Seabee. He was someone whom I would have wanted on my team if I had to go to war. He was...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Alan Arendt - IL

“When I met Joe I was third class and he was second class at Glen View Ill. . We learned to work together as we progressed through the ranks. We...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Dale Christianson - Henderson, NV

“A great guy and a hard working man, I specialy enjoyed his great sense of humor. Condolences to Jane and family, R.I.P. Joe. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Richard Zahina - dubuque, IA

“Jerri ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Andrew - MD - Acquaintance

“I have had the Honor and Privilege of serving with Joe for many years. He has always seem to make the difficult tasks we were assigned easy and fun...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Wally Ergish - Norridge, IL

“Jane & FamilyJoe went from entertaining me as classmates at Nativity School up until he retired from Loras. When he had work in Hoffman Hall, he...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: MaryLynn Neuhaus - Dubuque, IA

“He was a great human being. He was a person who any military would want to serve with. Deepest sympathy to his family.Master Chief Marzen ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Dennis Marzen - Dougherty, IA

“My deepest sympathies to all the family.Joe you took me under your wing when I first came into the unit and we became friends. You taught me many...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: BU1 Steve Bailey (Ret.) - Fulton, IL

“Sending my heartfelt sympathy for your family. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Tracey Smith - Elkport, IA

“Jane and family I truly am sorry for your loss. Joe will be remembered my me for his quick wit and dry sense of humor! But, has joined a great bunch...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Judy Herrig - Tulsa, OK - Family

“Best in the field SeaBee Chief ever. I'll miss Bowerman ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Stephen Knapowski Capt, CEC, USNR (ret) - OR

“Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: SKC (Ret) John Freiburger - IA

“Jane, Jen & family,I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, it is hard to loose a loved one but one at least he is no longer in pain. I...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Rogers - IA - Coworker


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Joseph M. "Joe" Bowerman, age 63, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 11, 2018, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Joe was born on October 22, 1954, in Baltimore, MD, son of Biays and Lois (Powers) Bowerman.

Joe was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1972, and in true patriotic fashion would immediately join the Marine Corps after graduation. Joe would go on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Marines Corps for 6 years, and then joined the U.S. Navy Reserves, where he spent another 20 years until his eventual retirement from the military in 2001 as a Senior Chief Construction Mechanic, CMCS. During his service, Joe was able to not only visit many of the bases stateside, but he also had the opportunity to make it to Japan and Puerto Rico. He continued to enjoy getting together monthly, with his fellow comrades from the Seabees, to swap stories and solve the world's problems without any interference from outside forces. Joe was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jane Hartmann, on October 2, 1976, at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with 41 wonderful years together, and 4 adored children. Joe was undeniably raised with a strong work ethic and after serving active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, he continued to put his talents to great use in the maintenance departments at Sears Auto Center, and Loras College, until his final retirement from the working world in 2008. Joe also used his considerable skills to work on his beloved 1968 Dodge Dart, always keeping it in tip-top shape and spending "countless hours" working on his full-body restoration. His spiritual faith was of the utmost importance to Joe also as he was a long-time member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, and continually strived to be the best man he could be while trapped in his earthly temple. Joe and Jane also enjoyed traveling extensively and loved to share the photos, souvenirs and stories they collected along the way with family, friends and anyone with an open ear. Without a doubt though, spending time with his family was the one thing which brought Joe the greatest joy throughout his life; and when the grandkids, and great-grandkids starting coming along, his joy was abundantly doubled. We are deeply saddened with the loss of our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, but take comfort in knowing that Joe is finally free of the health challenges he has faced so gracefully the last 2 years. Joe, you were an excellent example of what it means to be a true leader and patriarch of such a loving and extensive family, and we will diligently carry those lessons forward with us until we see you again!

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his loving wife,
Jane Bowerman, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Donald "Don" (Tracy) Bowerman, Fort Worth, TX,
Jennifer Reif, Dubuque, IA,
Nick (Mady) Bowerman, Dubuque, IA
and Katie Jo (Tom) Besler, Dubuque, IA;

7 grandchildren,
Debbie (Mark) Allen, Collin Bowerman, Sam Bowerman, Christian Reif, Ethan Reif, Brock Reif and Morgan Quick;

a great-granddaughter,
Ashley Allen;

his siblings,
Stephen (Janet) Bowerman, Colorado Springs, CO,
Mary Bowerman, Tacoma, WA,
Paul (Stacie) Bowerman, Wilmington, NC,
Beth (Ken) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Rich (Jennifer) Bowerman, Hendersonville, NC
and Pete (Sue) Bowerman, Makanda, IL;

his several nieces and nephews;

and his dear and special friends,
Vince Conner, Doris Hannan, Lisa Williams, Janet Quick and Maurna Stover.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws, Don and Mabel Hartmann.

Joe's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Joe, and his entire family.