Ellen Jean (Oberlin) Bond-Bowen

November 5, 1925 ~ July 30, 2019 (age 93)

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Butler:  Ellen Jean Bond Bowen, 93, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Laurels of DeKalb in Butler.  She was born November 5, 1925 in Fort Wayne to the late Glenn and Mary Geneva {Hagerty) Oberlin. She sang in her younger years in the Big Band Era and her stage name was “Ann Barry.” She was married in 1943 to G. Thomas Bond in San Francisco, Calif.  She was later united in marriage to Forrest “Woody” Bowen on October 16, 1973 in Newville, IN and he preceded her in death in 1986. She had been employed by Maxton Motors and Butler Company as a secretary and then became full time housewife.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Frankfort, IN. and the United Methodist Church. Her passion and love was playing cards with her family especially euchre and kings corner. She also enjoyed yahtzee, sewing and watching sports on TV. Her favorite bird was the Cardinal to enjoy watching and also collecting.

Surviving are three daughters; Jean Ann Bond of Auburn, Kathy Bond-Clouse and husband Gary of Avilla and Patty (Mitchell) Beard of Butler.  Also surviving are; 9 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren, one brother:  Richard Oberlin of Fort Wayne and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband “Woody”,  one brother; Don Oberlin and first husband; G. Thomas Bond.

Services will be 11a.m Saturday, August 3, 2019 at H.E Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 212 N. Broadway, Butler with Pastor Dale Rabineau  officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services starting at 10a.m.

Burial will follow after services in the Butler Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at the funeral home.

Family requests memorials to be given in memory of Ellen Jean Bowen to; DeKalb Animal Shelter, 5221 US Hwy 6 Butler, IN 46721.

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August 2, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home
212 N. Broadway
Butler, IN 46721

Funeral Service
August 3, 2019

11:00 AM
H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home
212 N. Broadway
Butler, IN 46721

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