Memorial services for Michael John “Mike” Bowling, 65, of the Vanoss and Ada area are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ada, the Rev. Rusty Hewes officiating. A Wake service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Mr. Bowling died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was born Oct. 13, 1947, in Sycamore, Iowa, to John and Mary Cornelia Cremer Bowling. During his childhood, he and his family moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from high school in Colorado Springs and attended Casper Junior College in Wyoming and Colorado State University in Pueblo. After leaving college, Mr. Bowling began competing in the PRCA Rodeo from coast to coast in saddle bronc riding, bulldogging, calf-roping, team roping and single steer roping events. He worked on ranches throughout the country, such as the Antlers in Montana, the Pedersen Ranches east of Billings, Mont., and in Nevada.
In 1976, he owned and operated a ranch in Miami County, Kan. He met and married Cindy Shand on April 30, 1988, in Miami County. They were married for 25 years.
Mr. Bowling and Cindy moved to the Ada area in 1993 and continued ranching until 2002. Together, they started Dry Creek Hatters, maker of high-quality custom felt cowboy hats. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Quarter Horse Association and a Gold Card holder of the PRCA for 48 years.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Bowling, of the home; his sons, Jacob Bowling, of the home, and Roy Bowling and his wife, Laura, of Midland, Texas; five grandchildren, Kate, Nate, Clara, Madeline and Mary of Midland, Texas; daughters, Michelle Bowling Burns and her husband Shawn, and Kasey Bowling and fiancé, Trinton Tippet of Ada; his sisters, Pat Cuddy of Santa Ynez, Calif., and Dorothy Ott and her husband, Bob, of Reed Point, Mont.; and his brother, Tom Bowling and his wife, Becky, of Las Vegas, Nev.
Bearers will be Roy Bowling, Tom Bowling, Casey Rindal, Matt Faudree, Justin Foust and C. J. Urbanek.
The family says those who wish may make memorials to the Cowboy Crisis Fund, PO 243, Fittstown, OK 74842.
Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.
Criswell Funeral Home, Ada