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Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home

(Est. 1922)


From the 1980 History of Moniteau County:

The Bowlin family started in the Undertaking Business in California in 1922. Jack Bowlin, Sr., along with Virgil Morrow, purchased the furniture and undertaking business of Mr. E. C. Nischwitz after his building and business burned. Mr. Morrow later acquired the furniture business and Jack Bowlin, Sr., along with his son Earl, kept the Undertaking. From 1922 to 1927 the Undertaking Establishment was in the building at 301 North High in California's Downtown Business District. In 1938 Jack Bowlin, Sr. purchased Dr. Bourn's home, built in the early 1920's by Mike Kiely and reopened the Funeral Home.


Since 1938 the business has grown at its present location and in 1959 the chapel was added. Jack Bowlin, Sr. died in 1946 so Earl Bowlin, along with his wife Clara, took over the management. In 1958 the business was incorporated with Earl, Clara, Jack and John Bowlin as the officers. In 1976 Earl Bowlin died but the rest of the family are still active [in 1980], along with Carole Beth Bowlin, Janet Bowlin and Randy Howard. Apparently the great-grandchildren of Jack Bowlin, Sr. will pass by the opportunity to be a part of the family enterprise, but there are already six great-great grandchildren so the future still has possibilities.



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