141 Sugar Hill Rd.

Rexford, New York 12148

(518) 371-2042

In Memory

Raymond K. Bowman,
82, of Rexford, NY, went to be with his Lord and Savior, with his family by his side on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Ray was born in Patterson NJ, the son of the late Kenneth and Anna Galbraith Bowman. He was a graduate of Scotia High School and Kansas State College. Ray owned and operated Bowman Orchards in Rexford from 1952 until 2004, when the business was sold to his son, Kevin. Ray started the Clifton Park Fire Prevention Bureau and was past chief of the bureau. He also wrote the original fire prevention codes for the town of Clifton Park, nicknamed The Red Book. He is a former assistant chief, commissioner and life member of the Vischer Ferry Fire District. Ray also served as the chairman of the Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation District, was director of the New York and New England Apple Institute, a member of the Mohawk Valley Sno-bobbers, the NY Farm Bureau, the Family Motor Coach, Good Sam's, the Rolling Squares and was listed in the 2003 Clifton Park Who's Who honor roll. Ray and Bev were also members of the former Ponderosa Partners Square Dance Club. Ray's faith was a very important part of his life. He was an active church member serving as a trustee, youth leader, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He also served as a board member of Youth for Christ/Campus Life hosting many teen events at the orchard. He and his family enjoyed many camping trips with the Noyes, Kemner and Paulsen families. In addition to his parents, Ray was also predeceased by two sons, Daniel and Richard, his sister, Virginia and son-in-law, William Hunt. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly G. Bowman; two sons, David (Robin) Bowman and Kevin (Martha) Bowman; his daughter, Jacqueline Hunt; daughter-in-law, Maryann Bowman; brothers-in-law, Donald C. Greene and Clifford E. Greene; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for fruit tree research to:  Hudson Valley Research Lab., PO Box 727, Highland, NY 12528. -