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Obituary for Kenneth Ray Bowles

Kenneth Ray Bowles, 86, of Salem, went to meet his Lord and reunite with Norma, his loving wife of 63 years on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

He was born in Salem, a son of the late Emmett and Gertrude Wilson Bowles and had been an area resident all of his life. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and retired as an inspector from General Electric following many years of service. He enjoyed reading his Bible, and listening to music, but mostly spent his time caring for his beloved wife and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a brother, Donald Lee Bowles.

He is survived by three daughters, Nancy A. Harrison and husband Roger, Sharon Price and husband Scott, and Susan Beaton; brother, Robert W. Bowles; sister, Doris June Barba and husband Gill; grandchildren, Lee Harrison, Ben Harrison, Brittney Franklin and husband Travis, Taylor Price, Amber Dodge and husband Steve, Ashley Soard and husband Justin, and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Lillian Bohon Bowles; brother-in-law, Otis Johnson and wife Mamie; a special niece, Tammy Dunn, and numerous other family members.

Funeral Services will be held at 2PM, Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Central United Methodist Church. Pastor Bryan Buckles will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for two hours prior to the service, beginning at 12PM, at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central UMC 428 College Ave. Salem, VA 24153 or to the American Cancer Society 2840 Electric Rd. Suite 106A Roanoke, VA 24018. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting