Former Gov. Bowen Being Honored in Hometown Created by kblakeslee on 5/10/2013 12:42:21 PM
BREMEN, Ind. (AP) _ Former Gov. Otis Bowen is being buried this afternoon following a private funeral in his northern Indiana hometown.
Bowen's funeral was being held Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bremen. Bowen died Saturday at the age of 95.
Bowen was a family doctor in Bremen for 25 years, during which time he estimated he delivered 3,000 babies.
He became active in Republican politics and was Indiana House speaker before winning elections as governor in 1972 and 1976. Bowen later was the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary under President Ronald Reagan.
Bremen police chief Matt Hassel tells WSBT-TV that the town was prepared for a large crowd to attend Bowen's funeral and line the procession route.