Phillip Edward Bowness, age 89, of Mound City, Missouri, passed away Friday, November 18, 2022, at Tiffany Heights Care Center in Mound City.

Phil was born August 15, 1933, in Atchison County in rural Tarkio, Missouri. He was the son of the late James W. and Leda (Fries) Bowness. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Oswald’s Episcopal Church near rural Skidmore, Missouri.

Phil graduated from Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Missouri, in the class of 1951. He also was a 1955 graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Science.

A veteran, Phil was a Specialist 3rd Class in the United States Army. He was inducted in 1956 at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, and was discharged in 1958.

On November 19, 1957, Phil was united in marriage to Joan (Burke) Bowness in Fairfax. To this union three children were born, James, Kevin and Christina.

Phil was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mound City, and the Masonic Lodge, Oregon, Missouri.

Phil was a lifelong farmer, raising both livestock and row crops.  He enjoyed visiting with his family and grandkids, his army friends at reunions, and going fishing in Minnesota.

Phil was preceded in death by his wife Joan (June 28, 2021), parents, two brothers, Joe Bowness, and an infant brother and sister. His survivors include two sons, James (Angie) Bowness and Kevin Bowness, and one daughter, Christina (Kevin) Webster, all of Mound City; seven grandchildren, Jackson and Kathryn Bowness, Brian (Amanda), Laura and Daniel (Tiffany) Bowness, Joshua (Heidi) Webster, and Jamie (Michael) Gard; 12 great-grandchildren, Kiowa, Hawkins, Charlie, MacKensi, Avery, Dakota, Crosby, Corby, Kiptyn, Mila, Maddox and Marek; one sister-in-law, Dorilee Bowness, Mound City; and a host of other friends and loved ones.

Farewell services were held Tuesday, November 22, at the United Methodist Church, Mound City. Burial was held in the New Liberty Cemetery, Mound City. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church or New Liberty Cemetery, both of Mound City. Arrangements were under the direction of the Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax/Craig. Online condolences may be left at