Colorado funeral director, Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO, will be retiring from Horan & McConaty after 20 years of service to the family-owned funeral business.
Funeral service is a second career for Bowman, who began working at a small, family-owned funeral home in Castle Rock as a teenager. He retired from a 20-year career in law enforcement and returned to funeral service in 1990.
He started working at Horan & McConaty in March 1997 as a funeral director, assistant manager, building manager, and now Vice President. His recent duties include handling high-profile funeral services for community leaders, public safety officers, and local armed forces members killed in the line of duty. In 1996, he enrolled in the Mortuary Science Program at Arapahoe Community College and became a member of the program’s first graduating class in 1998.
Chuck has tendered nearly 22 years of service to the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. He served as President in 2003 and since then has chaired the association's Legislative Committee, acting as a spokesperson for the profession and giving testimony at the State Legislature. He earned the rank of Deputy Commander through his years of participation on the Region VIII D-MORT team and deployments to New York (911), New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina), and Joplin, Missouri.
He was Colorado's Policy Board Representative to the National Funeral Directors Association for 6 years before being elected to the NFDA Executive Board in 2013. He was subsequently elected Secretary and is now serving as Treasurer to the NFDA.
On February 9, Chuck and his wife, Connie, were honored by Horan & McConaty owners, John Horan and Daren Forbes, and more than 50 colleagues, family and friends at a celebration held at the Heartlight Center. Friends and co-workers paid tribute to the well-respected Centennial location manager and acknowledged his commitment to training and mentorship of many funeral professionals during his distinguished career.
The next chapter for Chuck and Connie (who retired in 2013) includes a move from Aurora, Colorado, back to Connie's home town of Liberal, Kansas.
In February this year, the Bowman's daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Michael Hornung, assumed ownership of Brenneman Funeral Home in Liberal, Kansas. Mike Hornung has been a part of the funeral industry in Colorado since 2009, where he was a part of the management team that oversaw St. Simeon Cemetery and funerals with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary. He graduated with honors from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Science program in 2015 and moved to the Liberal community in January 2016.
Chuck Bowman will soon be joining the staff at the newly-named Hornung Family Funeral Home in Liberal. Bowman will resume practicing in Colorado funeral service, working with fellow CFDA Board Member, Ervin Maltbie, CFD, at Maltbie Funeral Services in Springfield, Colorado.
He will also continue his service with the Colorado Funeral Directors Association by conducting training programs and representing as Legislative & Advocacy Chair. He will fulfill his role as NFDA Treasurer this year and hopes to succeed as Vice President, then President of NFDA.
Thank you, congratulations and best wishes to Chuck and Connie Bowman on their new adventures.
Beginning in March, you will be able to reach Chuck in care of Hornung Family Funeral Home.
Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO
Hornung Family Funeral Home
1212 West 2nd Street, Liberal, KS 67901