WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
FERRIS (or FARRIS) ELMO BOWLER
(local boy who was killed while in the service)
BIOGRAPHYFerris Elmo Bowler was born in St. George, Utah November 10, 1936. His father was from Gunlock UT and his mother from Mesquite NV. His mother's parents were Charles Andrew Barnum (1888-1939) and Jessie Hughes Barnum (1889-1965).
He attended Woodward Junior High School. He was a soft-spoken kid with a baritone voice. He seldom had much to say but seemed very likeable.
On August 11, 1955, Ferris was a member of 7th Army's 499th Engineer Combat Battalion based at Phillips Barracks in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was assigned to Company 'A' and held the rank of Pvt-2. On this particular day, he and his comrades were in a training exercise being transported in a formation of nine C-119G Flying Boxcars. Two of the planes collided near Edelweiler, Germany and plummeted to the ground, killing all 66 aboard, including Ferris Bowler.
Ferris is buried? in Plot C_30_32_6 of the St. George City Cemetery.
REFERENCESRequiem at 5,000 Feet
Tribute to a former classmate by Clark N. Nelson, Sr.
Find-A-Grave entry for Ferris E. Bowler
NamesInStone entry for Ferris E. Bowler
BillionGraves entry for Farris Elmo Bowler
Find-A-Grave entry for Harry Lamond Bowler
Find-A-Grave entry for Harriet Elizabeth Barnum Fullmer