Rodney Bowman

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Rodney “Rod” Wayne Bowman

Sept. 13, 1938 - Dec. 31, 2020

TRENTON, Neb. — Rodney “Rod” Wayne Bowman, 82, passed away Dec. 31, 2020, at Great Plains Hospital in North Platte with his daughter, Nancy Nichols and his granddaughter, Nicole Vioxx, at his side.

Rod, son of Archie Leroy and Jean Mardelle (Barker) Bowman, was born Sept. 13, 1938, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. He lived in Pasadena and attended Longfellow Elementary, Elliot Junior High and John Muir High School. As a young boy, Rod spent many summers with his grandparents, Harry Wayne and Mertie (Baker) Bowman in Trenton. He had many fond memories of helping his grandpa deliver sand by wagon with his team, Prince and Pearl. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army in July 1957. He was stationed at Fort Ord in California.

Rod married Victoria “Angie” Angeline Belle on May 11, 1968 at the Chapel of Roses in Pasadena. Their first home was in San Gabriel. He had several occupations, he worked as an industrial engineer, the Southern Pacific Railroad in Colton, Calif., and Farmers Coop in Trenton.

Rod had several interests and hobbies. He started in Boy Scouts in 1968 and held several positions in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Woodbadge and Order of the Arrow. In 1978, he received the Silver Beaver award, the highest award given locally. Rod also was involved at the Trenton Church of God as an AWANA leader and board member, he was a charter member of the Hitchcock County Lions Club and held a life membership at the museum in Trenton. He also loved restoring his 57 Chevy. He loved farm life and for a time he raised sheep, chickens, hogs and bottle calves.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Art McNeal; and a daughter, Bonnie Jean St. Rock.

Rod is survived by Victoria Bowman, Trenton; son, Robert of California; daughters, Pamela Magley, Tigard, Ore., and Nancy (Kyle) Nichols, Culbertson, Neb.; uncle, Gary (Rose) Barker, North Platte, Neb.; and sister-in-law, Donna Asher, Ohio; grandchildren, Jacqueline (David) O’Neill, North Dakota, Brandon (Caitie) Salmeri, Washington, Nicole (Jacke) Vioxx, Culbertson, Amanda (Austin) Cochell, Oregon and Christopher Nichols, Culbertson; great-grandchildren, Sophia Salmeri, Talon and Colette O’Neill, and Jameson Cochell; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and lifelong friends, Douglas A. Cox and Gordon Whithall.

Cremation was chosen and inurnment and celebration of life will be at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the family of Rod Bowman for future designation. Online condolences may be left at

Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.