Bremen residents remember Otis Bowen


A lot of people took a trip down memory lane Sunday as they remember Otis Bowen.

Many described him as an amazing guy, that would take a seat in the cafe, always remember your name and when he asked how you were doing, he actually cared about your answer.

For many, it wasn't the politics that stood out the most, but the time he spent being "The Doc".

“He got paid off of chickens or anything else the farmers could give him lots of times. I remember mom had an awful time getting that dollar scrapped up, a dollar and a half for house calls. That time you know, back in the 40's,” says Glenn Kuhnn.

For many it was the hopes of being one of the lucky ones, a Bowen Baby.

“Everybody wanted to be born and have him be the person that did all of the work for you”, says Tammy Venable.

But no matter what memory you may have of Otis Bowen...

“I will never forget the first time I had ever met a governor and you know, a young high school student, it was just like really, what an impressive guy and he just really, put himself out there to make us feel comfortable, answer questions that we had and just really made us feel important” says Mark Neidig, “he would just, his smile. He was just always smiling, always had a grin, always had that laughter that kind of followed the smile”.

It’s that name, and that face, that will never be forgotten.

A funeral service for Bowen will be held Friday at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Bremen at 11.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8th and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th at Saint Paul's.


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