Max E. Bowman

March 30, 1927 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 95)

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    Max Eugene Bowman passed away May 4th,2022 surrounded by his loving family in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

    Max, age 95 was born in Newville, PA . He was very proud of his service to his country in World War 2. At 17 he joined the Navy training as a radioman and serving on the troopship USS Hermitage. He played multiple musical instruments and was a gifted drummer. He played USO shows on Leyte Island, Philippines headlined by Leo Durocher and Danny Kaye. He loved to share the story of how he and a small group of the orchestra jammed in a practice set with Kaye and that the impromptu session became part of the show.

    After the War he attended Temple University studying pharmacy but switched to accounting attending Harrisburg Community College. Max met his wife Mary Lou (Shaffer) of 73 years at a summer job in a tomato canning factory. He made sure the biggest tomatoes got to his favorite piece rate line worker.

   Max’s early career in accounting soon transitioned into Treasury and CFO positions. Working in the pharmaceutical industry, he was an early adopter of computerized financial systems. Returning to school he learned IBM programming languages and began writing customized financial and cost accounting software that became widely used in the industry.

   Max was a Freemason serving in all chairs of Warren Lodge #310 including Worshipful Master. He and his wife are members of St.Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas.

    In his later years Max enjoyed planting flowers, chatting with neighbors at Masonic Village Apartments and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    His adoring family are wife, Mary Lou, Kevin (son) and his wife Betty, Karen (daughter) and husband Steve Orlowski, grandchildren and significant others: Jason and Katlin, Adam and Tessa, Ned and Allison, Joshua and Kendra, Robin and Sarah, Taylor, Stacy and Sean and Hilary. Max has seven great grandchildren.

    Max requested a private family graveside funeral service in Newville, PA. Details to be determined.

    The family appreciates and is grateful to Jason Orlowski, grandson , primary caregiver and to the Allied Services Hospice team.

    In lieu of flowers the family has asked you donate to your favorite charity.


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