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Duane Bowling

Mr. Duane Bowling, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away July 11, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. The son of Lawson Bowling and Beatrice (Blackwell) Bowling, Duane was born on April 1, 1948, in Pratt, Kansas.

Duane served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a cowboy and rancher by profession and loved what he did. He worked on ranches all his life and lived by the Cowboy Creed. Meeting John Wayne at a bull sale was a highlight of his life. Duane was a loving husband and father and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of twenty seven years, Reba Bowling; son, Joseph Bowling and wife Laura of Mena; daughters, Sharon Maechler and husband Derek of Mena, and Charlotte Craig and husband Dale of Mena; grandchildren, Taylor Jones and husband Bobby, Kaitlyn Rowland and husband Kyle, Lauryn Maechler, Trent Vaught, Dillion Vaught, Addison Gibbs, Morgan Bowling, Avery Bowling, Cason Bowling, Colton Bowling, and Drake Dollar; great-grandchildren, Olen Ray Jones, Evie Laine Jones, and Ella Kate Rowland; brother, James Bowling and wife Amadene; niece, Jamie Williams and husband Pinkey; two great nieces; and very special friend, Kirk Sours and wife Denise of Kansas. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, David Anthony Sterner.

A graveside funeral service will be held 10:00am Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

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