BANGOR, Maine — Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home for Ellsworth H. Bowley, 88, who passed away peacefully Jan. 16, at a Bangor nursing facility. Rev. Dick Woehr officiated. Interment will be in the spring at Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport. husband of 63 years to Mary V. (Drew) Bowley,
Ellsworth was born April 26, 1925, in South Pomfret, the tenth of 11 children to Clarence W. and Addie M. (Lufkin) Bowley.
Ellsworth spent his younger years in South Pomfret, before moving to Winterport when he was 14. The family ran C.W. Bowley & Sons Dairy in Winterport and later in Bangor. Ellsworth entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and served his country in the South Pacific. He then married Mary on Oct. 3, 1950. They moved to Wyoming and worked for a couple of ranches for a few years before returning to Maine. In 1958 they moved to Levant where they ran a very successful dairy farm, and on two occasions won the Farm Family Award. Ellsworth and Mary retired from dairy farming in 1974. He then ran a lawn mowing business and worked for other area dairy farms. In Ellsworth’s later years he took care of Mary until they both entered a nursing home in August of 2012.
Ellsworth will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Ellsworth is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Barbara Fitch; daughter-in-law, Peggy Bowley; four grandchildren, Roger Sinclair and wife, Sharon, Angela Littlefield and husband, Jeff, Ben Bowley, and Ryan Bowley; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert; his sisters-in-law, Eleanor Drew, Doris Ingalls, and Ruth Bowley; a brother-in-law, Clarence Drew; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Ellsworth was predeceased by his parents; two sons, Benjamin and William; four brothers, Clarence, Edwin, Richard, and Harvey; and five sisters, Ruth, Eleanor, Edith, Marion, and Pauline.
Ellsworth’s family thanks Bangor Nursing and Beacon Hospice for their comfort and care during his final days.
Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.
This obituary first appeared in the January 23, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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