Returning home, he went back to work for the State Highway Department. He belonged to many organizations including the Town Board of Kennebec, Kennebec Fire Department, American Legion, Kennebec Housing Board, Disabled American Veterans, Korean War Veterans Association, Vice Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In 1956 he went to work for Mertens Chevrolet, then in 1971 for Gilman Chevrolet and then in 1981 he went to work for Halverson Oil. His hobbies included spending time with his children and grandchildren, the Kennebec Volunteer Fire Department for 51 years, reporting and recording the weather for the National Weather Service for over 40 years, camping with his wife Gloria, and being part of the American Legion for over 50 years.
Awards that Charley has received include the Spirit of Courage Award in 1992 for dedication as a firefighter, the John Campanius Holm award in 2002 for reporting the weather for over 30 years, and the Jefferson Award in 2010 by the National Weather Service for weather reporting for over 40 years.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Gloria of Hot Springs, SD; his son Rod Bowar of Kennebec, SD; daughter Dana (Arlen) Mehrer of Harrold, SD; grandchildren Chaz (Amy) Bowar of Kennebec, SD, Tiarra (Heath) Bowar-Choal of Kennebec, SD, Troy Christensen of San Francisco, CA; and great-grandchildren Jordon Pond, Jesse Bowar, Kaden Choal, and Ryker Choal.
“Charley” Bowar, 85, of Kennebec, SD was held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at St.
Donna Joan Derby was born on November 9, 1931 to Orie and Sophie Derby in Chamberlain SD. She lived in Chamberlain and attended Chamberlain High School where she was active in vocal music and play productions. Donna and Ervin made their home southwest of Reliance, SD in Lyman County where Ervin farmed.He especially enjoyed spending time with his very close friend Lyle Linderman.He loved being around his grandchildren and attending their events.Later she joined Ervin in operating gas stations in Reliance and Chamberlain.In 1999, she and Ervin built a home in Chamberlain, where she lived the remainder of her life. She was active with her church circle and various organizations.