Charles “Ace” Bowman

November 13, 1934 ‒ July 17, 2013

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Ace Bowman’s greatest act of bravery was accomplished when he committed to serving as a volunteer fireman. Every thing he did after that was just in the line of duty. Ace never made a big deal about his community service through the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department (he served more than 30 years with Jefferson and also with Washington Township Fire Department) but the department recognized him with an Award of Valor for his “unselfish lifesaving efforts in the water rescue” of a man on June 27, 1998 during flooding in the township.

Funny thing about a fireman, both night and day he is a fireman. Ace answered his “Last Call” Wednesday evening July 17, 2013 in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was 78. Firefighting must now be attended by others.

He was born November 13, 1934 near Lucas, remained a lifelong Richland County resident and had been a member of Newville Baptist Church. For 36 years he worked as a truck driver with Dearman Transportation, retiring in 1986. He also worked 20 years with the Washington Township garage, and later worked with the Bellville Water Department, and mowed for Jefferson Township.

Ace loved the camaraderie of his fellow firefighters, they could always count on him to brighten Sunday mornings with a couple dozen fresh donuts to the firehouse. Every other morning of the week, he helped open up McDonalds on Hanley Road, regaling the morning crowd with his stories and general orneriness.

Being a firefighter is hard work, but being a firefighter’s wife is even harder. That role was filled by his wife Sandy (Smith) Bowman. They were married September 21, 1992. Also surviving are his sons Jeff Bowman of Gardenia, CA, Mike (Alison) Bowman of Long Beach, CA, Alan (Jennifer) Bowman of Ontario; a stepson Kent Ewers of Bellville; four grandchildren; a cherished granddaughter whom he helped to raise Tara Ewers (Jason Williams) of Mt. Vernon; eight great grandchildren; and brothers-in-law Dan (Deb) Smith and Elmer Smith all of Butler.

The Bowman family will receive friends Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery near Butler where the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department will hold Last Call rites.

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