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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

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