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Norman Leon Bowlin, age 79, of Ekron died peacefully with his family by his side after a lengthy battle with kidney disease on April 18. “Old dogs don’t die. They can’t. They merely run ahead of you far out of sight and are waiting for you to catch up.” – Unknown. Norman was born May 17, 1940 in Deputy, IN, son of the late Addis Glenmore and Georgia Marie Ely Bowlin. Norman was a man of many loves: upland bird hunting, his prized English Setters and Pointers, his countless number of friends, and his three daughters, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Norman loved to work his bird dogs in field trials and travel throughout the country hunting upland birds. He would often say the Hungarian Partridge was his favorite game bird. Most of all, Norman loved being a devoted father to his three daughters, Sharon, Vickie and Tina of whom he would share stories often of the love he had for them. He was the original girl dad in many ways and was an astonishing example for the men in his family to be remarkable fathers to their own daughters. Norman had previously retired from LG&E where he also proudly served as a union steward for I.B.E.W. Local 2100. A graduate of Barber school, he would routinely donate his time cutting hair for friends and family. Norman will be missed by all who knew him. Though he may no longer be with us in person, may his spirit endure with all who knew him. Preceded in death by: Virginia Mae Garvey, Anna Belle Neff, Barbara Sue Morrison, Judy Lavon Ellis, and Wilma Jean Dillingham; and four brothers: Charles Leroy Bowlin, William Dale Bowlin, Donald Paul Bowlin, and Kenneth Allen Bowlin also preceded him in death. He is survived by his children: Sharon (Jerry) Wade, Vickie (Thomas) McCrary, and Tina (August) Marsteller; grandchildren: Rebecca Tooley, Jerry (Olivia) Wade, Jr, Michael Wade, Aaron McCrary, Lindsey (Stephen) Evans, Amber (Josh) Weaver, Anthony (Hannah) Marsteller; great-grandchildren: Addison Tooley, Alex Adams, Tristan Wade, and Evelyn Weaver; sisters: Lola Fay Silva, Nadine Ruth Kelso, and Sandra Kay Moon; and brothers: Robert Lynn Bowlin and Ronald David Bowlin. A private funeral service will be held by the family with a private burial following in Garnettsville Cemetery. Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at