James C. Bowman passed peacefully away Friday, March 24, 2012, at the age of 82.
He was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Wilber, Wash.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
In 1982 Jim met and married Nina Overholtzer of Brookings.
In 1985 the couple opened B.J.'s Video in Brookings.
Jim is survived by Nina, his loving and caring wife; stepdaughter Carol Watkins and her husband Wes Watkins; grandchildren James Tucker and Joan Overholtzer; great-grandchildren Justin, Joshua, Julie and Alexis; sister-in-law Lyn Griggs.
A celebration of Jim's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Redwood Memorial Chapel, 1020 Fifield St., in Brookings. A reception will immediately follow at the Tea Room, 434 Redwood St., in Brookings.
A Tribute to Grandpa:
About 30 years ago my family suffered a huge loss. Although I was too young to fully understand I know thatwhen my grandpa died it left a huge hole in the hearts of my grandma and mom. Then you came along. I can't even begin to express the gratitude I feel for everything you've been to my family. I don't even know where we would be right now if it weren't for you.
You've been a husband to my grandma, a father to my mom, and of course a grandfather to me. You took care of my grandma as well as any husband could have. You gave her an amazing life. I have many wonderful childhood memories sitting on your couch talking about football and many other things with you. I will treasure these memories always.
In many ways I have looked up to you as a father figure when mine wasn't there. And in many ways you were my inspiration to be a better man. You have always been there for me no matter what, and it means so much to me.
I regret that I didn't get to tell you goodbye, so this is my way of saying it now. Thank you for everything you have been to my family and for being a huge part of my life; I love you and will miss you always.
Rest in Peace, Grandpa.
Your loving grandson,
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.