On July 30, 2009, Melbourne Vincent Bowlin, 80, went to be home with the Lord. He was born on Nov. 18, 1928 in Wichita to Frances and Merrill Bowlin.  Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Carlson Funeral home in El Dorado. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Potwin Christian Church.


On July 30, 2009, Melbourne Vincent Bowlin, 80, went to be home with the Lord. He was born on Nov. 18, 1928 in Wichita to Frances and Merrill Bowlin. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Carlson Funeral home in El Dorado. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Potwin Christian Church.

He was married to Alvena Fuller on June 28, 1950 in Greenwich. A year later he was called to serve in the Army Signal Corp and was stationed in Salzburg, Austria.

Shortly after leaving the service, they built a house in Towanda where they raised three children. While their children were growing up, they enjoyed camping and fishing with their family and friends and Melbourne also enjoyed hunting and woodworking.

Melbourne spent his career in the oil refinery business for 32 years until retirement from Mobil in 1987. Upon retirement, they resided on a farm northwest of El Dorado where they raised cattle and chickens.

Melbourne was preceded in death by his parents and son, Wayne Bowlin. He is survived by: his wife, Alvena; daughters, Della Cooper (Rick) and Debbie Denton (John); daughter-in-law, Jackie Bowlin; foster son, Gene Tharp (Joy); grandchildren, Julie Scott (George), Kristi Cooper, Jacob Cooper (Tonya), Heather Sinko (Jim), Heath Denton (Amy), Jeremy Bowlin (Barbara) and Robert Bowlin; and 11 great grandchildren