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Robert Bowling

May 17, 1937 - June 27, 2021

Robert Bowling Robert Bowling
    July 2, 2021 | 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Funeral
  • July 2, 2021 | 7:00 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home
    405 E. Main Street
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Burial Location

Robert Milton Bowling passed away on June 27th, 2021. His life of 84 years left behind a legacy of love, kindness and faith to all those that knew him. 

Robert was born in Flint, Michigan, on May 17th, 1937, as the youngest of 3 children of Horace and Dessie Bowling. He came to know Jesus through Vacation Bible School as a kid and committed his life to serving God. He met the love of his life, Jo Ann Gould, on a blind date and on March 7th, 1959, they were wed in Flint. Their union lasted a strong 40 years until Jody’s passing in November of 1999. 

A proud graduate of General Motors Institute, Robert went on to become an Electrician at AC Delco Systems West, and retired in 1995 after 38 years. Cars were an incredible passion in his life, and he took great care in his work and collection. As well as cars, he held a lifelong enthusiasm for music; Robert had a particular love for the work of Patti Page, going on to found “The Patti Page Appreciation Society”. He boasted an impressive record collection integral for the preservation of her work that was generously loaned, shared, and donated to friends and fellow collectors across many years. 

Robert was a proud father of two. After his children had moved out and formed families of their own, Robert went on to continue ensuring that the people around him were thriving and cared for. He was a beloved neighbor, board member of the Summerwind Subdivision Committee and caretaker of two adopted cats Murphy, and Smokey, whom he loved very much. As a grandfather, he leaves many memories of 9 am ice cream runs and warm, homemade blueberry pancakes. His ability to make those around him not just feel appreciated, but spoiled, has touched many. 

Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Jo-Ann Bowling; his parents, Horace and Dessie Bowling; his siblings, Betty Leigh and Donald Bowling. Robert is survived by his two children, Michael Bowling and partner Jimmy Blackston; and Angela Cameron and spouse David Cameron. His two grandchildren, Lea Cameron and partner Michael Holmberg and grandson, Luca Cameron. He also leaves behind beloved extended family members as well. 

If you would like to pay respects to him or his family, visitation will be held at Yurs Funeral Home in St Charles at 405 E Main St, IL on Friday, July 2 from 4:00-7:00, followed by a memorial service at 7:00.


Cindy Walthour from St. Charles, IL

"Sending love to Angela and family. I enjoyed knowing Bob, a kind and considerate man."

Tim Akers from Wichita, KS

"Bob Bowling was the kindest gentleman. He was so loved by the Patti Page community all these years. He helped me start my record collection when I was in Junior High! To his family...thank you for sharing him with us all these years!"

ken bennett from gaines , MI

"I have known this wonderful man and his family for most of their lives..I am proud to say bob was a very dear friend..We used to have alot of parties..Our children all grew up together..3 girls were born with in days of each other..God bless all of you..Love ken"

Michael Glynn from Waltham, MA

"Condolences and prayers to Bob's family at this difficult time. Working with Patti Page as her manager, it was my pleasure getting to know Bob. He was such a kind and considerate man. He will be missed."

Robert & Sandra Nickora from Lapeer, MI

"Angela, Michael, Family Members: Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bob and I became friends about forty years ago, and we always enjoyed our many conversations. He was exceedingly kind and generous and truly a man who knew Christ as Savior. We spoke just recently, and as usual, Bob was upbeat. He had great love for his family and friends."

Mr. Bill Busse from Fairmont, MN

"Bob has been a friend for numerous years. We first became acquainted when he was about to form the Patti Page Appreciation Society (early 90s I believe). We shared information about Patti, shared collected records, etc. He will be missed."

Beth (Cagle) Krish from Freeland, MI

"I just received a call from Aunt Karen to let me know of Bob's passing. I just want to let you know how deeply sorry we are for your loss. I know that words cannot always help, but our prayers to an amazing God can. Please be assured that we will be lifting you and your family up to Him at this time. I know He can bring you all comfort and peace. Love to you."

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