The Obit For Mason Bowes

Mason Matthew Bowes
July 4, 2011

Mason Matthew Bowes was born on August 12th, 1927 in Roxboro, North Carolina to Robert Bowes and Annie Dixon. He passed away on July 2nd, 2011 after a long struggle with COPD with his family by his side.

He was the youngest son in a family of seven. Pinto beans, frog legs, and fishing feature prominently in stories of his early family life, which tended to end with an anecdote about stepping on a nail while playing in the woods behind his home. For much of his childhood the family was too poor to buy him a pair of shoes.

His career as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, from 1945-1953, took him throughout the country and eventually led him to Nebraska, where he threw the first no-hitter in Rosenblatt stadium. There he met his wife of 59 years, Frieda Mohr. They married in 1951. An elbow injury ended his career as a minor league pitcher and provided an opportunity to settle down in Lincoln and raise a family.

For several years he owned a route with Skyline Dairy before buying the Town Pump liquor store, which he owned and operated for 25 years, retiring in 1989. He also co-owned a drive-through liquor store with Harry Koch. Through the stores, Mason met people from all walks of life. He was characterized by an easy-going and natural charm, a swift wit, and a love for conversation and storytelling.

In retirement, Mason devoted himself to the good life. Among his greatest pleasures was spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends; grilling; and relaxing on the porch. In 2001 he had the honor of throwing the first pitch at the Lincoln Saltdogs Stadium. His was a life lived easy, honest, and well.

A loving husband, devoted father, and adoring grandfather, Mason is survived by his wife, Frieda; son and daughter-in-law Alan Bowes and Susan Beezley of Kansas City, MO; daughter and son-in-law Ann and Gary Karthauser of Lincoln; grandchildren Sarah and Kyle Karthauser; sister Carol Hughes of Cluster Springs, VA; sister-in-law Sophia Bowes, of Roxboro, NC; and nieces and nephews in North Carolina.

Special thanks to Drs. William Johnson, Kenneth Cheloha, and especially David Running for their extraordinary care and friendship.