Trooper Frank J. Bowen
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service:
2 years 10
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident
Date of Incident: October 26, 1983
Frank J. Bowen was born July 15, 1956, at Sugarcreek
Township in Venango County, Pennsylvania.
He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from Franklin on December 8, 1980. Following
graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop D, Butler. He was 24 years old and
On October 26, 1983, Trooper Bowen was detailed to assist another Trooper with a stolen
vehicle incident. As he was traveling on US Route 19 just south of Mercer, he apparently
crested a hill and did not see a slow-moving truck-tractor ahead. His patrol car slammed
into the rear of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Bowen was buried with full military honors at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. He
was survived by his wife, Mrs. Deborah Bowen, of Franklin.
Trooper Bowen was 27 years old
and had served two years and ten months as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.