Hugh Patrick “PeeWee” Bowen, 79, of Dickinson, peacefully passed away May 18, 2023 in Webster in the company of loved ones. PeeWee was born August 8, 1943 to Betty and Al Bowen, Sr. in Galveston, Texas. He was a machinist by trade. He started out in the mailroom at Monsanto and worked his way all the way up to Night Superintendent. He took an early retirement, moved to East Texas and began training his much-loved paint horses. Eventually he moved back to Santa Fe and went to work for Praxair before finally retiring for good. PeeWee had three great passions in life – helping people, hot rods and his music. He delighted audiences with his performances with the PeeWee Bowen Band for more than 60 years. To know him was to love him. He will be missed by all who knew him.
In 1964 he married Janet Lee (Mason) Bowen and together they had three children. They made a life filled with love for their family, good paint horses, good music and more fun than any family could hope for. After Janet’s passing in 2000, he married Jerry Ann Simpson in 2001 and continued a fun filled life with her – still entertaining all around the Gulf Coast, still driving fast cars, helping people and having fun.
During the last year of his life, he was a regular congregant at Bay Area Church. Over the years he was a member of countless Paint Horse Clubs, hot rod clubs, and the Rotary Club of the Mainland. The “Legendary PeeWee Bowen” had a band since 1958. He won several awards with his hot rods, his band, his horses and was honored with a proclamation by the City of LaMarque marking August 8 as “PeeWee Bowen Day.” He had the honor of being the grand marshal in several parades in the Gulf Coast area but his favorite was being Grand Marshal for the Mardi Gras parade.
PeeWee was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife and mother of his children, Janet, and his beloved wife Jerry Ann.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughters Deanna Cornell and husband Bill, Patricia Wanek; son Troy Bowen and wife Tricia; sister Debra Keller and husband Mike; brother Al Bowen, Jr. and wife Diana; grandchildren Holly Smith and husband Sterling, Jill Molloy and husband Colt; Zach Cornell and wife Liberty, Drew Erwin and wife Mercedes, Thomas Wanek, Trey Bowen, Lane Bowen, and Bailey Davis; great-grandchildren Finn, Cru and Cam Molloy, Swayde, and Hartlyn Smith, Morgan Cornell, Celeste and Blake Erwin, and Braxton Davis; numerous nieces, nephews and several others that he counted as family.
In his honor there will be a visitation 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Crowder Funeral Home Dickinson, with funeral services 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Bay Area Church. Interment follows at Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock.