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John R. Bowlin, age 75, of Kansas City, Mo., died on Monday, December 13, 2010, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo. John was born July 27, 1935, in California, Mo., to Earl and Clara (Howard) Bowlin. He graduated from the California High School in 1953, and then enlisted in the United States Navy in 1954. On May 29, 1955, he was united in marriage to Janet Zimmerman. They had two children. John graduated in 1960, from the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, and then returned to California where he joined the family business at Bowlin Funeral Home. He moved to Kansas City, Mo. in 1987, and has been employed at Park Lawn Funeral Home until his death. John is survived by his wife, Janet; his son, Dr. Steve Bowlin, and wife Cindy, of Kansas City, Kan.; his daughter, Brenda Cagle and husband Clayton, of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Michelle Bowlin Cronk, and husband Doug, of Kansas City, Mo.; three grandsons, Greg Bowlin of Kansas City, Mo., Kurtis and Bradley Cagle of Houston, Texas; two great- grandsons, Zackary and Ian Cronk; and his brother, Jack Bowlin, and his wife Carole, of California, Mo. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1640 N. Hwy. 291, Liberty, MO 64068. In California, Mo., visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by his funeral service at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, December 17, at the First Baptist Church of California. Burial will follow in the California City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Liberty Hospital Palliative Care, 2525 Glen Hendren Drive, Liberty, MO 64068. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via www.parklawnfunerals.com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.