William Vrooman Bowles

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 December 2020 at 2:32 pm

American flagALBION – William V. Bowles, 78, died December 4, 2020 at Elderwood at Amherst due to complications of agent orange exposure during his time in the Army. He was born March 8, 1942 in Bath, a son of the late Lyman and Evelyn (Finger-Stone) Bowles and had lived in this area most of his life.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was a lifetime member and past Commander of the Albion VFW.  He was a member of the Albion Fire Department, the Albion Renovation Lodge #97 F. & A. M. and the Albion Sportsman Club. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing and obtained his Master Captain License. He retired from Eastman Kodak after working 27 years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leona and Charlie Chick; sister, Nancy Gerwitz; and brother-in-law, Joseph Gradischer.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marcia; his daughter, Kristine (Allan) Junot; grandchildren, Travis Robson, KyLee (Austin Genno) Robson, Jordynn Junot, and Allysa Junot; sisters, Mary Helen Conley and Jeanne Gradischer; brother-in-law, Chuck (Kathy) Chick as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Ave. Wednesday, December 9th, from 4 to 5 p.m. where his Celebration of Life Service will follow at 5 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will take place in the spring at Mt. Albion Cemetery. To view the livestream of Bill’s service, click here.

Memorials may be made to Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church, C/O Joel Allen, 336 Wood St., Albion NY 14411 or PTSD Clinic, 222 Richmond Ave. Suite 5, Batavia NY 14020. To share a special memory of Bill, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York requires those in attendance to adhere to social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory.