Richard F. "Dick" Bowen, age 87, of White Oak, died September 15, 2023, at UPMC East. Born February 29, 1936, Duquesne, he was the son of the late Floyd and Leona (Goreck) Bowen and the husband of Janie (Sterrett) Bowen for 63 years.
Dick graduated from Duquesne High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football and graduated in 1958. At Pitt, he was a part of the 1956 Sugar and Gator Bowl teams. He founded and coached the Pittsburgh Valley Ironman, semi-pro football team in 1959. After graduating college, Dick was offered a job coaching at Connellsville High School, and he met Janie, a native of Connellsville, who he married a year later. Dick coached for many years in the WPIAL at Connellsville, McKeesport, West Mifflin South, and Serra Catholic. He was also a teacher from 1959 through 1993 and taught for 34 years at McKeesport. Dick cherished watching his grandchildren play football, soccer, and any activity they were involved in. As an avid golfer, he and his buddies played in the Far from Par Golf League and always enjoyed morning breakfast with the breakfast gang.
In addition to his wife, Dick is survived by children, Jodi Lee Baldridge and Richard (Denise) Bowen; grandchildren, Brittany (Zach) Ray, Sean Bowen, Aaron Bowen, Lindsay (Randy) Miller, and Matthew Baldridge; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Blakely, Kieran, and Cecilia.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers, William Bowen, Sr. and James Bowen.
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
Chris Odasso, Supervisor
Originally published September 18, 2023.