Robert (BO) Bowman, 67, of Boone, NC, finished his earthly rounds on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

A self-described natural-born route man, he carried the mail in Orlando and Boone for 40 years before retiring in 2014. After retiring, he and his wife of 47 years, Liz, ran a small bed-and-breakfast out of their home and he returned to raising bees, one of his great joys. He originally learned the beekeeping trade in Florida, making honey on a commercial scale for many years. Born and raised in Orlando, he had lived in Blowing Rock and Boone since 1983. He loved to read, take walks, and discuss life, and he always enjoyed a cold beer and some good food. He also loved to travel and had taken trips in recent years to the Dominican Republic, Ireland, England, and the American Southwest. A celebration of his life will be held later in the year, but anyone who wishes is invited to make a gift to Horse Helpers of the High Country in his honor.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his uncle R. G. McIntosh and his wife, Maryanne; his aunt Aileen McIntosh; his older brother, Gene Bowman, and Genes children, Steve, Larry, Lance, Lorien, and Kristin; his daughter, Rachel Bowman, and her husband, Sosimo Fabian, and their daughters, Ava and Lila; his son, Ryland Bowman, and his wife, Lauren Moseley; his sister-in-law Rebecca Umphrey and her daughter, Margaret; his sister-in-law Judy Owens and her husband, Chris David, and Judys children, Jenny, John and Sarah; and many other family members and close friends.

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