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Samuel Charles Bowen Jr., 88, of Owings died Jan. 31, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Prince Frederick to Samuel Charles Sr. and Clara Blanche (Whittington) Bowen.

He was raised in Prince Frederick and graduated from Calvert High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, earning the Good Conduct, Army Occupation medals and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre and World War II Victory ribbons. He married Anna Mae Cullember on Feb. 12, 1949, and they lived in Camp Springs for 20 years before moving to Owings in 1977. He was employed as an automobile mechanic and worked at Jay Chevrolet, Lowes Chevrolet and Ourisman Chevrolet in Camp Springs. He enjoyed playing cards, being outdoors and working on cars and took pride in his perfectly mowed lawn. He was an accomplished handyman who could fix or build anything.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Gerald “Buddy” Bowen, Evelyn Bowen and Blanche James.

He is survived by his loving wife, Anna Mae Bowen; siblings, Dorothy “Dot” Wilson of Downey, Calif., Warren Bowen and his wife, Doris, of Virginia and Jaxie McCullough of Churchville; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Family received friends Feb. 3 at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, where funeral services and a celebration of his life was held.

Interment followed at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lothian.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838 Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or online at