William (Buzzy)'s Story
William (Buzzy) Henry Bowen III, died early morning on January 12, 2017, in his home.
Buzzy was born October 31st, 1948 in Wheeling, WV to William Henry Bowen and Genevieve Liles Bowen, both deceased.
Buzzy is preceded in death by his loving wife Louise Sutphin Bowen, a sister Elizabeth (Betsy) Butt, and a brother Thomas (Tommy) Bowen.
He is survived by a brother Scott L. Bowen and wife Ann of Christiansburg VA, a sister Lillian (Landi) Danko and husband Michael of Rocky Gap VA and many nieces and nephews. Buzzy is also survived by his devoted family by marriage, the Sutphins and Sarvers of Rocky Gap, VA, especially a nephew and "weekend son" Jonathan D. Sarver.
A special thank you to dear friends Rick Harman, Sherry Belcher, Jane Bennett, and the caregivers of Circle K Home Health and Hospice of Southwest Virginia.
Buzzy was a proud Marine Veteran. Attended Bramwell Elementary, WV, Sewanee Military Academy, TN and Alma College, MI.
Buzzy began his career with American Mine Research and East River Metals in 1986 as General Manager, and over the years succeeded in leading their growth and diversification into Custom Manufacturing Services, where he served as General Manager and President. During his leadership, he won the respect, friendship, and love of every employee, customer, supplier and community friend of the business that had the pleasure of working with him. He had a knack of instantly putting any person in any situation at ease and making even the toughest work environment full of joy. In an area of a declining economy and a tough manufacturing environment, he led the charge to build a successful manufacturing business where most said it couldn't be done. He created within the organization a culture of caring, fun, hardworking and proud individuals that collectively embody a spirit that will carry on and spread due to his influence over the years. The employees have adopted a mantra "what would Buzzy do" that they use to help guide them in business decisions that reflect their admiration for his approach, and speaks to the confidence and faith they all have in his judgement on all matters business and personal. He leaves behind 215 "work children", their families, and countless friends and business associates that love him dearly. He was devoted to the welfare of the employees even after he retired.
While Buzzy was a "character" he had a heart as large as the great outdoors. Being surrounded by natural beauty with a good book was his dream existence. He held a great love of the outdoors, whether he was camping in Yellowstone, the Tetons, or relaxing in his personal retreat, he was happiest with the open sky overhead.
At his request there will not be a formal service; there will be a family tribute at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church Helping Hands Fund to continue his legacy of helping others. P.O. Box 68; Rocky Gap, Virginia 24366.
Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.roselawnfuneral.com
Roselawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Princeton is honored to be serving the family.
Published on January 14, 2017