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Start Date: 5/10/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Bremen, Indiana - Today, the people of Bremen and all of Indiana bid a grateful farewell to our 44th Governor, Otis R. Bowen. Mrs. Pence and I had the honor of representing the people of this state at the funeral and graveside service.

Following the funeral service at the Lutheran Church attended by family, friends, and other Hoosier leaders, including former Governor Mitch Daniels and former Governor Joe Kernan, we made our way to the parking lot where a horse drawn caisson and full military honors awaited.

While the eulogies and the solemn pageantry were moving, what touched Karen and me the most was seeing the streets of Bremen lined with people in quiet tribute to the man they best knew as "Doc." Seeing row after row of school children, senior citizens and young people all standing at roadside to mark the final trip that this Hoosier icon would make down the streets of his hometown touched our hearts. One man in his early 50s broke the silence saying, "He was a good man. He brought me into this world!" In fact, it is estimated that Doc Bowen delivered nearly 3,000 babies in the area during his years in private practice. Another man caught my eye along the route and simply said, "God bless Doc,” to which I quietly replied, "Amen."

When we reached the cemetery, it was not the 19 gun salute, the cannon fire or the flyover that inspired me the most; it was a little boy, maybe 10 years old, who had edged his way close to the grave site to watch the presentation of honors to the family of a man from Bremen. He watched in rapt attention as Indiana showed the gratitude of all our people for a man who left our streets to serve his country in World War II, came home to raise a family, practice medicine and serve our state and nation as state representative, governor and cabinet secretary to a president. I couldn't help but feel that of all the onlookers that day, Doc might have been most touched by that boy from Bremen who wandered close to listen and learn. And I thought that maybe, just maybe, that young man might take an enduring lesson from this moment and be inspired to follow the example of this good man to serve our community, our state and our nation with the same faith, character and love for Indiana that was Otis R. Bowen.

God bless you, Doc.
Governor Mike Pence
Bremen, Indiana
Location Information:
State House

Contact Information:
Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
Entry Type:
Press Release
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