By The Mercury

Herman “Babe” Bowman, 88, of Manhattan died Wednesday at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born Jan. 16, 1925, in Manhattan. He was the son of Herman and Martha (Hatch) Bowman.

A lifelong resident, he was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, serving in the United States Army from 1944-1946.

Known for his craftsmanship in building beautiful fireplaces, Babe was a skilled bricklayer most of his life until he married Jean Woodman in 1967 and began running Fairmont Trailer Court and later Bowman’s Liquor store before retiring in the early 1990s.

Mr. Bowman was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a longtime member of Stagg Hill Golf Course.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Jean Bowman; his brothers, Jim Bowman of Wichita and Charlie Bowman of Manhattan; sister, Margaret Sherbet of Junction City; and parents, Herman and Martha Bowman of Manhattan.

He is survived by his sister Anne Caldwell of Westmoreland; his three children, Becky Woodman of Byfield, Mass., Barb Woodman of Kansas City, Mo., and Greg Woodman and his wife Julie of Evansville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; as well as five nieces, Bev Reynolds of Kansas City, Mo., Lorraine Montoya of Great Bend, Loretta Cox and Val Kaylor of Manhattan, and Sandra O’Dowd of Nashville, Tenn.; and four nephews, Kenny Bowman of Manhattan, Richard and Mark Bowman of Wichita, and Dennis Sherbet of Junction City.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen funeral home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan with the Rev. A. Patrick Funston officiating.  Interment will follow with military honors in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery southeast of Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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