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Neighbors express sadness over Clarendon Hills man killed by train

Updated: April 29, 2013 9:53AM

CLARENDON HILLS — Two Clarendon Hills residents expressed sadness Tuesday upon learning it was a neighbor who had been killed Monday afternoon by a commuter train near the West Hinsdale station.

Dale Bowling, 42, of 2 McIntosh Ave., was fatally struck about 3 p.m. Monday by an inbound commuter train. Witnesses observed Bowling running toward the direction of the train, and preliminary investigation indicates the incident was not accidental in nature, Hinsdale police said.

A woman answered the phone at the Bowling home Tuesday morning, but said she did not want to talk about the incident.

Bill Turner, 90, has lived at 5 McIntosh Ave. for the past 50 years. He said he had spoken with Bowling a number of times when seeing him outside on their block. He said Bowling lived in the house with his wife and son, who Turner believes is about 9 years old.

“It was just saying hello; he never went into any details about anything, but he was always pleasant” Turner said. “He was a nice guy. He did all the yard work out there with an old-fashioned mower and spent a lot of time at the library.”

Clarendon Hills Public Library Director Lori Craft said Bowling and his family have been regular visitors to the library, but preferred to make no additional comment.

Turner said he believes Bowling had been out of work for the past couple of years.

“He was working when they moved in about three years ago, and then he stopped working, and his wife was working,” Turner said. “He was around the house, taking care of things. His son goes to school right down the street at Prospect.”

Prospect Principal Anne Kryger said the school community was devastated to learn that it was a Prospect parent who was killed by the train.

“Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time,” she said. “Our school social worker is available to assist our students and staff, and is providing families with age-appropriate talking points they can use if they choose to discuss this tragedy at home.”

Turner said he was stunned Tuesday morning after finding out it was Bowling who had died.

“I knew someone had been killed by the train, but I didn’t know it was him,” Turner said. “There was some activity at their house yesterday; the police were over there, but I didn’t know anything about what that was about.

“It’s very surprising to hear about this, but you just never know. We had three suicides over the years when I worked for the phone company, and everyone was very surprised each time. Nobody ever expects anything like that.”

Another neighbor, William Cormack, who has lived at 6 McIntosh, Ave. for more than 20 years, said it was “sad” after learning about Monday’s incident.

“I hardly knew him at all,” Cormack said. “I think they moved here from California.”

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