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Arnold Edsel Bowden

December 12, 1932 ~ November 2, 2019 (age 86)


Arnold Edsel Bowden, 86, of Russellville, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019, at Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home surrounded by his loving family and a compassionate staff.  The son of Timothy & Bonnie (Dedmon) Bowden, he was born December 12, 1932, in Pope County, AR.

Arnold earned his Bachelor Degree from Arkansas Tech University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas.  While at Arkansas Tech, he met Katherine Nunn, his best friend and love of his life.  They married in Danville on March 30, 1953, and have spent 67 wonderful years together.

Lance Corporal Arnold Bowden served two years active service in the United States Army during the Korean War Era.  He graduated with such high honors from the Basic Artillery Course, the Army immediately promoted him in rank & service to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, where he became an Advanced Artillery Instructor for the 105 Howitzer.  He was a member of the Russellville American Legion and served on the Board of Directors for the Salute to Freedom Task Force in Pope County.

After his military career, Arnold began his career teaching in Middleton, OH, and later representing educational text book sales.  In the River Valley, he is most noted as the owner and developer of Cliff & Stream Estates.

Arnold had a deep sense of servitude to the community.  He was a Senior Member of the Kiwanis Club and loved his work with them and other local charities.  He chaired the Kiwanis local committee for fund-raising.  Under his leadership, the local club raised more funds for the Eliminate (maternal & neonatal tetanus) Project per capita than any other club nationally.  In recognition of these and other accomplishments, Arnold was awarded the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year in 2013.  He was also instrumental in gaining four national science foundation grants, and was a member of the ATU athletic club for more than 65 years, lettering in track & field in 1951.

Arnold and Katherine worshipped with their faith family as members of First United Methodist Church in Russellville, where he served in the Sunday School Leadership, and the church’s Benevolence Ministry. His compassion for his fellow man was realized by his endless generosity for those in need and his willingness to shepherd young men and women to success.

Arnold loved his family, taking care of his yard, and feeding the birds that he and Katherine so loved to watch together.  He enjoyed fishing, was active in the Bridge Club, golf, travel, and growing his annual vegetable garden and had many special friendships throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jean Crites.  He is survived by his wife Katherine and their four sons: Russ Bowden (Molly) of Allen, TX; Ashley Bowden (Ronda) of Gloucester, VA; Jeff Bowden (Karen) of Overland Park, KS; Don Bowden (Catherine) of Plano, TX; and, his sister, Wava Cox of Redfield, AR; nine grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019, at First United Methodist Church Chapel in Russellville, with Dr. Tony Griffin officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will follow the memorial service.  A private family interment of his cremains is being planned at Bowden Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to:  Veterans Memorial Park, C/O Veterans Service Office, 107 B Street, Russellville, AR 72801; First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 304 South Commerce, Russellville, AR 72801; or the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home, 220 John Babish Lane, Russellville, AR 72801.  Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at

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Memorial Service
November 16, 2019

1:00 PM
First United Methodist Church Chapel
304 South Commerce
Russellville, AR 72801

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