Former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen passed away over the weekend at the age of 95. Bowen is from the small town of Bremen, about half an hour southwest of Goshen. Bowen is a legend in these parts, his career as a politician, physician and philanthropist is well-documented. In addition to being the governor, Bowen served as the Health and Human Services secretary in the Ronald Reagan administration. When he was laid to rest today, a who’s-who of Indiana politicians came out; Gov. Mike Pence, former Gov. Mitch Daniels, Senator Dan Coats, Representative Jackie Walorski and former Rep. Joe Donnelly.
The best moment of the horse-drawn funeral procession was when they stopped Bowen’s casket outside his former home in downtown Bremen on the way to the cemetery. Bowen’s impact on the community was easily seen by the turnout on the streets just to watch his procession. Most of the town took a longer lunch hour just to watch and say goodbye to a man who left quite a mark on more than just this small Indiana town.