Charles Orville Bowles

Charles Orville Bowles

My grandfather was a radio broadcast engineer among many things. He gave me my first Oscilloscope (Tube based) and did his best to explain electronic concepts to me during visits. It’s amazing how once someone passes away, they become all the more necessary…

Bowles, Charles Orville was born Dec. 10, 1923 in Dallas Texas and died Aug. 14, 2009 in Irving, at the age of 85. He’s preceded in death by his parents, Charles Perry Bowles and Mary Virginia Coates of Dallas. He’s survived by wife of 67 years, Marcia Anne Bowles of Irving, and his children Barbara Taylor, Mary Bowles, Charles P. Bowles and James Bowles. Also surviving is a sister, Joann Waldron. He had 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He attended Austin Street Church of Christ in Garland for 50 years. He graduated from W. H. Adamson High School in Dallas in 1941. Bowles served in the US Army during WWII, taking part in D-Day invasion of Normandy. He discharged Oct. 1945. Upon discharge, Bowles joined the City of Dallas Dec. 1945. He operated radio stations WRR and WRR-FM and city communications services as Engineer. In 1975, he designed “Bio-Tel,” the biomedical telemetry system for Dallas Fire Department Ambulance Division (EMS). Bowles retired from the City of Dallas in 1986 after 40 years of service. He served organizations that support the developmentally disabled for 35 years, including GARC, MHMR, and ACT.

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