Clifford Bowling, 80

Clifford Bowling, 80, of Cherry Valley, Ill. passed away Saturday, March 9, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.

Clifford was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Van Lear, Ky., son of Clayton and Gracie (Boyd) Bowling.

Clifford and Mary Good were married Jan. 27, 1951 in Dora, Ind. Clifford worked the coalmines in Legion, Ky., before moving to Wabash, in 1949. He worked for General Electric until the plant was closed. He worked for General Tire for a short time before moving to Rockford where he worked for General Electric for sixteen years until the plant was closed. Clifford worked for Quaker Oats as a millwright starting in 1976, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling, especially to see his daughter’s in Phoenix, Ariz., during the winter months.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary; daughter, Helen Bowling; sons, Robert (Ann) Bowling and Gregory Bowling; grandchildren, Steven Bowling, Lisa Ballard, Elizabeth (Jeremy Earwicher) Bowling and Megan Bowling; great-grandchildren, Kevin and Logan Ballard, TJ Bowling, Isaac Gendle and Carter Earwicher; brothers, Carl (Hester) Bowling and Bill (Shari) Bowling; sisters, Faye (Alvin) Lowe, Lorean (Don) Music and Ethel Mae (George) Clifton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, brothers, Otis, Marcus, Delbie and Clyde Bowling, sisters, Virgie and Garnet Bowling, Ruby Sisco, Elvie Tacket, Alka Fannin.

Memorials in Clifford’s name may be directed to the Cherry Valley Methodist Church, 112 S. Cherry Street, Cherry Valley, IL 61016.

Services will be held at a later date.

Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. To extend condolences go to

Posted on 2013 Mar 20