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Benton L. "Benny" Bowles Jr., 86, Peru, Indiana, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. He was born in Peru on Nov. 13, 1931, the son of Eva Marie (Bowman) and Benton L. Bowles Sr. Ben married Peggy Starkey at the Presbyterian Church in Burrows, Indiana, on June, 19, 1955.
After graduation from Peru High School in 1949, Ben attended Ball State University, earning his B.A. in education in 1956 and his master's in 1958. During his college years, Ben served three years in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Besides teaching, Ben's lifelong love was coaching basketball. He began as head coach at Clay Township and won the 1962 Sectional Championship. Ben went on to be varsity basketball and baseball head coach at Maconaquah High School until 1973, when he became assistant principal. In 1986, he reunited with Basil Mawbey as an assistant coach for Kokomo High School and then Lewis Cass. In 2003, the coaching duo led Lewis Cass High School to the Indiana State Championship and an undefeated 26-0 season. Ben was beloved by his players because he not only made them better players, but also helped develop them into better men.
Surviving Ben are his wife, Peggy, of 62 years; his daughters, Elizabeth Doelling and her husband Robert, Fort Wayne, and Catherine Petty, Kokomo; grandchildren, Caroline Doelling, Evan Doelling and Zachary Petty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First Christian Church, 53 W. Main St., Peru, where Ben served most of his life as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Benton L. Bowles Jr. will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, with Pastor James Loft officiating. Family and friends will gather from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.
Published on February 22, 2018
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