Clovis Mark M’joweta Bowles Obituary

January 21, 2015

Clovis Mark M’joweta Bowles, tribal member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, 60, of Lisbon, passed away January 19, 2015 at his residence. A private family graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10AM at the Mason-Wallick Cemetery in Cedar Bluff, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Clovis’ honor to help cover funeral expenses. Online condolences, memories, videos and pictures may be shared at

Clovis was born May 2, 1954 in Topeka, Kansas, son of Sam Bowles and Theresa Masquat. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Clovis then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law. He retired as a lawyer. Over his lifetime, Clovis lived in Iowa, South Dakota and Alaska.

Clovis had an incredible love for guitars; he had many guitars, but he had a special acoustic guitar he called “Dream Girl” that was his favorite. He was a historian; an avid animal lover; a cook; stubborn when he needed to be, but was always willing to help when he could. Clovis had many loves, but his greatest love was for his family, especially his grandchildren, who brought him the greatest joy.

Clovis is survived by his father, Sam Bowles; daughters, Chyla (Devon) Lamp of Oxford, Maine and Chenoa Christine (Jason) Moyer of Lisbon, Iowa; sons, Wade Bowles and Mark Bowles, both of Spearfish, South Dakota; sisters, Maria Kraft, Linda Bowles, Shawn Bowles and Susan Bowles, all of South Dakota; and his grandchildren, Preston, Niomi, Veronica & Elsie; Half-brothers, Kevin Divmang, Eli Wabnam Jr., Clinton Medovich, and Johnny Williams; Half-sisters, Clarnita Williams and Terranita Williams; Cousins, Victoria Spaid, Cecilia Williams, and Bobbi Darnell; and Uncle Thomas Spaid. He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa Masquat; brother, Samuel Bowles; Grandmother Silver; and stepmother, Patricia Bowles.

(Submitted by PBPN Member Services and the family)