Ronald Thomas Bowlen
1984 ~ 2018
Captain Ron Bowlen, age, 62, passed away at home on September 6th with his family at his side. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer. Born May 11, 1956 in Wichita Falls, Ron was the son of Robert and Geneva Bowlen. He was a 1974 graduate of Hirschi High School in Wichita Falls and a 1978 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Durant, OK.
A man of many hobbies, Ron was fortunate to be able to turn his hobby of flying airplanes into a wonderful career. His aviation-related employment included Flight Instructor, Corporate Pilot, Charter Pilot, and more than three decades as a Commercial Airline Pilot. Hired by Northwest Airlines on his birthday 5-11-84, Ron was based in numerous cities, including Honolulu and Anchorage, and flew numerous airplanes during his airline career. He had a special fondness for the Boeing 747-200. His job allowed opportunities to see the world and also provided stretches of time at home as his children were in school and participating in their many activities. In 2008 Ron joined his many NWA colleagues in trading uniforms after the Delta merger, they were now Delta Air Lines pilots. Ron was grounded for health reasons and thereafter traded his ‘Captain Ron’ role for that of ‘Poppy’ to his precious grandchildren and allowed the building of special memories for all.
Ron is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, Barbara (Prien); daughter Libby (and husband Ryan) Boyles, daughter Becky (and husband Erik) Powers; and grandchildren Landon Powers and Layla Boyles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Geneva.