Henry O. Bowen, 58, a stock control supervisor with the Department of the Army who retired in 1977 after 35 years of government service, died of cancer Thursday at the Washington Home Hospice.

Mr. Bowen was born in Washington and graduated from Armstrong High School. He began his government career as a civilian employe at the Pentagon during World War II. Later in the war, he went into the Army and served in the China-Burma-India theater.

When he returned to civilian life, he went to the newly formed Department of the Army, where he was employed in stockroom work until his retirement. He lived in Mount Rainer.

While he was working with the government, Mr. Bowen also was a part-time caterer. He worked for the Marriott Corp. for several years during his government carer and continued with that company until his death.

His marriage to Lois Bowen ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife. Eleanor of Mount Rainier; four children from his first marriage, Gwendolyn A., Cassandra, Pamela and Henry O. Bowen, all of Washington; three stepdaughters, Jenifer Bond of San Diego, Calif., Jacqueline Bond of Bear, Del., and Jessica Bond of Mount Rainer; his mother, Flossie Bowen of Washington; two sisters, Adina B. Carter of Washington and Princess M. Bowen of Baton Rouge, La., and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Washington Home Hospice, 3720 Upton St. NW, Washington, D.C.