In memory of
Charles David (Chuck) Bowling
In memory of
Charles David (Chuck) Bowling
Charles David (Chuck) Bowling Charles David (Chuck) Bowling was born July 9, 1935, in La Junta, Colorado and passed peacefully in his sleep in Palm Desert, CA, May 18, 2020. He was just shy of his 85th birthday and his 55th wedding anniversary. In 1946, his family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. He began working in the family furniture business when he was 15. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he returned to Fort Collins and joined the family home furnishing business. In 1964, he opened Bowling Galleries. At 39, In 1974, after selling retail interests, he established C.D. Bowling Enterprises, a commercial property development and management corporation. In 1979, he became a commercial real estate broker. For the ten years before retiring to Palm Desert, he was a Broker/Partner with The Group, Inc. Chuck brought the same dedication and perseverance evident in his business ventures to his work on behalf of his community of Fort Collins. After serving on the Planning & Zoning board for seven years, five as chairman, he ran for City Council, serving one term as Assistant Mayor, and one as Mayor. After eight years on council, he was most proud of a landscaping ordinance requiring business to manicure their grounds, including the big box stores; a sign ordinance to prevent Fort Collins from a forest of signs; protecting the foothills from development and purchasing open space; the development of the Urban Growth Area; the construction of the Joe Wright Reservoir; and most importantly, administering the capital improvements program that resulted in a new library, the Fort Collins Museum, a new city hall, and especially, the Lincoln Center. He always maintained that none of these could have come to fruition, without an excellent council well-versed in practicing the art of compromise. He was President of the Colorado Retail Council, Chairman of the Northern Colorado Council of Governments and served on the Board of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. As a councilman, he participated in the National League of Cities on several committees including the Finance and Inter Governmental Relations Board, participating in a White House Conference on Deregulation. An enjoyable part of his involvement was participating in local governmental exchange programs to Israel and Jordan, the Soviet Union, Spain, Hungry, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, all during the cold war period. He also served as Republican County Chairman and as a member of the State Advisory Board., hosting a reception for Jack Ford during his father's campaign for President in 1976. Between retiring from retail, and before becoming a realtor, Chuck consulted for small businesses. investments. One of his ventures was taking over the management of the Fort Collins Valley Airpark upon the death of its owner. Chuck had always wanted to fly. He was sincerely disappointed to be kicked out of Air Force ROTC program when the Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs because he wasn't majoring in engineering. During his evaluation of the Airpark as a possible purchase by his brother-in-law, Jim Richardson, he purchased his first plane, a Piper Cherokee. He later came to own a turbo-charged Cessna T210 which he flew to the Bahamas, and the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as Alaska, and many other parts of Mexico and Canada. He became a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins in 1978 and served as President in 1996-1997, finishing seven years on the Board of Directors. During this time, he served several terms as Membership Chairman, bringing in the first woman to the club. By the time he transferred his membership to the Palm Desert Rotary Club, the Fort Collins club's membership was over 225 members. 1n 1995 when his Northern Colorado District sponsored a new Rotary Club in Saratov, Russia, he was instrumental as a member of the chartering group in Russia. Upon joining the Palm Desert Rotary Club, he immediately began serving as Membership Chairman, concentrating again on bringing in women and younger members. Once settled in Palm Desert, Chuck became a devoted member of the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church family, again concentrating on membership. In addition to flying and travel, Chuck's other interests included golf, skiing, and photography. He maintained his enduring fascination and curiosity about history, concentrating on the American Revolutionary era, the Civil War era, and an encompassing political and presidential history and biography. He delighted in newly researched information about his favorite eras and the personages that figured in them and expanded his understanding of the intricacies of the workings of politics and that added to his grasp of the complexities of the human beings that shaped the times. Chuck married Cynthia Ann Richardson Neeley (Cindy) in 1965 and adopted her daughter, Kelly Lynn (1959). In 1968, they adopted David Charles as a newborn. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and his daughter, Kelly Stahlman (Bruce) his daughter -in-law, Nicole Bowling and four grandsons, Jay Scott Stahlman (Tsvety) Curtis Daniel and Landon Nathaniel Bowling and Grayson Taylor Burge Wilson (Melissa) and three great-grandsons, Theo and Max Stahlman, and Jackson Wilson, all of whom live in the Denver area. He is also survived by his two brothers, Edwin Croft Bowling (Frances) and Harold Franklin Bowling (Delia) and several nieces and nephews. Two nieces, Marcia Bowling Mervich and Charlyn Bowling Kelley, with their families, were especially close members of his extended family. He was preceded in death by his son David Charles Bowling and two grandsons, Mark Robert Stahlman and Eric Charles Stahlman. Chuck's ashes will be placed in the Columbarium at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church of Palm Desert in a private family ceremony. A memorial service will be held in Littleton, Colorado, on June 13. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Outreach Program of St. Margaret's.
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In memory of
Charles David (Chuck) Bowling
Charles David (Chuck) Bowling Charles David (Chuck) Bowling was born July 9, 1935, in La Junta, Colorado and passed peacefully in his sleep in Palm Desert, CA, May 18, 2020. He was just shy of his 85th birthday and his 55th wedding anniversary. In 1946, his family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado. He began working in the family furniture business when he was 15. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he returned to Fort Collins and joined the family home furnishing business. In 1964, he opened Bowling Galleries. At 39, In 1974, after selling retail interests, he established C.D. Bowling Enterprises, a commercial property development and management corporation. In 1979, he became a commercial real estate broker. For the ten years before retiring to Palm Desert, he was a Broker/Partner with The Group, Inc. Chuck brought the same dedication and perseverance evident in his business ventures to his work on behalf of his community of Fort Collins. After serving on the Planning & Zoning board for seven years, five as chairman, he ran for City Council, serving one term as Assistant Mayor, and one as Mayor. After eight years on council, he was most proud of a landscaping ordinance requiring business to manicure their grounds, including the big box stores; a sign ordinance to prevent Fort Collins from a forest of signs; protecting the foothills from development and purchasing open space; the development of the Urban Growth Area; the construction of the Joe Wright Reservoir; and most importantly, administering the capital improvements program that resulted in a new library, the Fort Collins Museum, a new city hall, and especially, the Lincoln Center. He always maintained that none of these could have come to fruition, without an excellent council well-versed in practicing the art of compromise. He was President of the Colorado Retail Council, Chairman of the Northern Colorado Council of Governments and served on the Board of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. As a councilman, he participated in the National League of Cities on several committees including the Finance and Inter Governmental Relations Board, participating in a White House Conference on Deregulation. An enjoyable part of his involvement was participating in local governmental exchange programs to Israel and Jordan, the Soviet Union, Spain, Hungry, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, all during the cold war period. He also served as Republican County Chairman and as a member of the State Advisory Board., hosting a reception for Jack Ford during his father's campaign for President in 1976. Between retiring from retail, and before becoming a realtor, Chuck consulted for small businesses. investments. One of his ventures was taking over the management of the Fort Collins Valley Airpark upon the death of its owner. Chuck had always wanted to fly. He was sincerely disappointed to be kicked out of Air Force ROTC program when the Air Force Academy opened in Colorado Springs because he wasn't majoring in engineering. During his evaluation of the Airpark as a possible purchase by his brother-in-law, Jim Richardson, he purchased his first plane, a Piper Cherokee. He later came to own a turbo-charged Cessna T210 which he flew to the Bahamas, and the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as Alaska, and many other parts of Mexico and Canada. He became a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins in 1978 and served as President in 1996-1997, finishing seven years on the Board of Directors. During this time, he served several terms as Membership Chairman, bringing in the first woman to the club. By the time he transferred his membership to the Palm Desert Rotary Club, the Fort Collins club's membership was over 225 members. 1n 1995 when his Northern Colorado District sponsored a new Rotary Club in Saratov, Russia, he was instrumental as a member of the chartering group in Russia. Upon joining the Palm Desert Rotary Club, he immediately began serving as Membership Chairman, concentrating again on bringing in women and younger members. Once settled in Palm Desert, Chuck became a devoted member of the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church family, again concentrating on membership. In addition to flying and travel, Chuck's other interests included golf, skiing, and photography. He maintained his enduring fascination and curiosity about history, concentrating on the American Revolutionary era, the Civil War era, and an encompassing political and presidential history and biography. He delighted in newly researched information about his favorite eras and the personages that figured in them and expanded his understanding of the intricacies of the workings of politics and that added to his grasp of the complexities of the human beings that shaped the times. Chuck married Cynthia Ann Richardson Neeley (Cindy) in 1965 and adopted her daughter, Kelly Lynn (1959). In 1968, they adopted David Charles as a newborn. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and his daughter, Kelly Stahlman (Bruce) his daughter -in-law, Nicole Bowling and four grandsons, Jay Scott Stahlman (Tsvety) Curtis Daniel and Landon Nathaniel Bowling and Grayson Taylor Burge Wilson (Melissa) and three great-grandsons, Theo and Max Stahlman, and Jackson Wilson, all of whom live in the Denver area. He is also survived by his two brothers, Edwin Croft Bowling (Frances) and Harold Franklin Bowling (Delia) and several nieces and nephews. Two nieces, Marcia Bowling Mervich and Charlyn Bowling Kelley, with their families, were especially close members of his extended family. He was preceded in death by his son David Charles Bowling and two grandsons, Mark Robert Stahlman and Eric Charles Stahlman. Chuck's ashes will be placed in the Columbarium at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church of Palm Desert in a private family ceremony. A memorial service will be held in Littleton, Colorado, on June 13. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Outreach Program of St. Margaret's.
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