Bowling Ray R. | 2021


Bowling Ray R.

February 26, 1950 – December 2, 2021

Ray Roy Bowling, 71, of Watertown, died Thursday, December 2, 2021 from a brief illness at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Reverend Joel Free as officiant. Military honors will follow the funeral home service. Parents and friends can meet at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until service time. Interment will take place in Saint Paul’s cemetery in Ixonia at a later date. Memorials would be appreciated at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia or Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills. The Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown serves the family. Online condolences can be presented at

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Ray Roy Bowling was born February 26, 1950 to Leslie Sr. and Helen (née Kovich) Bowling in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1968. Rather than being drafted, he enlisted to make sure he was a Marine. He was a member of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Patti Smith on September 3, 1972 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia. Ray had worked for Layne Northwest in Milwaukee for 18 years. He then owned and operated the Bowling Pump and Well Drilling in Watertown for 25 years, serving the surrounding area.

During his youth he played many sports including softball, baseball and volleyball. He loved to hunt, fish and train basketball, but most of all spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren grow up and play sports, hunt and fish. His dream came true after years of hard work and completion of him and Patti’s cabin in Park Falls.

Ray is survived by his wife, Patti Bowling of Watertown; daughter, Angela Madrid from Watertown; son, Jacob (Katie) Bowling of Lake Mills; grandchildren: Kali Madrid, Jaden Madrid, Jace Bowling, Grady Bowling; brother, Les (Pat) Bowling of Reeseville; sister, Kathy Bowling of Watertown; other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and a granddaughter, Joey Bowling.

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