Charles E. Mowen Sr., 85

December 31, 2010
  • Charles E. Mowen Sr.
Charles E. Mowen Sr.

MAY 19, 1926-DEC. 31, 2010

Charles E. Mowen Sr., 85, of Trovinger Mill Road, Hagerstown, Md., passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 19, 1926 in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Daniel Herman and Ethel (Provard) Mowen.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving on the USS Sakonnet.

He was employed by the U.S. government for 42 years, retiring in 1986 as postmaster of the Franklin Street Hagerstown post office. Prior to becoming postmaster, he was a U.S postal inspector.

He was a member of the Chewsville United Methodist Church; The Salvation Army, serving on the advisory board and past chairman; Masonic Order 32nd Degree Mason Friendship Lodge 84 A.F. & A.M.; Queen Esther Chapter 3 Order of the Eastern Star; past president of the Hagerstown Shriners Club; National Association of Federal Employees; Hagerstown Elks Lodge 378, serving on numerous committees; Waynesboro Eagles Inc.; Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, where he was an officer for a number of years and a member of the honor guard; Last Man’s Club, where he was a lifetime secretary; and the Audubon Society.

He was an avid bird watcher.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Amelia Zamboni Mowen, whom he married Jan. 2, 1986; son, Charles E. Mowen Jr. of Winnsboro, S.C.; daughter, Pamela and husband Dr. James Moulsdale of Fallston, Md., and daughter, Melissa Eller and husband Shane of Raleigh, N.C.; stepdaughter, Lori Palmer and husband Steve of Wolfsville, Md.; sister, Betty Mowen Smith of Hagerstown; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and seven great-step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Olive Virginia Fisher Mowen; brother, Ira McKinley (Mick) Mowen; and stepson, William S. Gutteridge.

There will be no viewing.

Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 8400 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19152, or to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742.

Arrangements were made by J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, Md.

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