Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
John Charles Bowen Memorial
John Charles Bowen Memorial

John Charles Bowen

John Charles Bowen

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

John Charles Bowen, of Sedro-Woolley, peacefully passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in his home.

John was born on August 28, 1952 to Jack and Virginia (Boome) Bowen, Sr. in Fayettville, Arkansas.

He was married to Monica Garrison on July 5, 1974, and together they had three children; they separated in 1980. John also had one child with Jackie Kink, three children with Keela Frost and 2 children with fiancée Tracy Boettger.

John graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1970. He went to a trade school in Oregon, for welding, later working as a logger and commercial fishermen. His seasonal job of passion was selling and entertaining in fireworks, “PaPa John’s”, celebrating his Independence Day, He was so honored.

John was well known around Skagit County for his athleticism, in his early days he belonged to The Skagit Valley Boxing Association, boxing as a feather weight with a record of 19-0-2 at retirement, he was known as “Jabbing Johnny Bowen”.  He loved softball, coaching and playing for the U.S. Eagles as a short stop, #7, along with many other teams throughout his time with Skagit Parks and Rec.

John had many past time hobbies he enjoyed like, golfing, pole fishing, hunting, playing his guitar, swimming, he loved racing, playing bingo, anything to do with sports, his date nights with loved ones at the casino. He had a love for foods of all types as well as cooking them, spicy, were the best to him, He was creative, decorative and enjoyed crafting projects around the house, he had a green thumb for landscaping  and plants, anything he was determined to do, he could, nothing slowed or stopped John from his desires, dreams or goals.

John loved children, helping anyone in need as though it was his duty and job to do so. He walked barefoot more than he wore shoes, he was the kind of man that welcomed  anyone into his home, as the door was always open, you were always family even if you were not blood, he would give the shirt off his back if you needed it.

John unconditionally loved his family, he cherished and valued family. John will be remembered by his beautiful smile, his giving soul and big loving heart to all.

John is survived by his finance, Tracy A. Boettger of Sedro-Woolley; sons, Billy & Ari Kousbaugh of Idaho, Johnny & Emily Bowen of Anacortes, Chuck & Tera Bowen of La Conner, Jesse & Kayla Bowen and Corey Culbertson of Sedro-Woolley; son of the heart, Steven & Carla DePiro of Spokane and Michael Bollinger of Sedro-Woolley; daughters, Minna & Kevin Smith, Jody & Dave Bowen-LeBlanc, Nigha & Tyler Fox and Erica & Richard Fredberg all of Sedro-Woolley; grandchildren, Janelle and Colby Kousbaugh, Mickey and Amanda Gentry, Billy and Bryce Hornbeck, Felicia, Hannah, Stephanie and Samantha Smith, DeDrick Walker, Ayla and Iza Bowen-LeBlanc, Grace and Shianna Bowen, Socorra and Lifeson Bowen, Haillie Bollinger, Justeen, Mason, Adien and Jesslyn Bowen, Abby and Willow Fredberg, Landon, Laney and Lacoia DePiro; great-grandson, Charlie LeBlanc; brothers, Jack & Carol, Jay & Lynette, Joe & Lindsey, and Jason Bowen and Danny Waldron; sisters, Regina “Nini” & Steve Fredberg, M. Kay & Chuck Knott, and Cindy and Tammy Waldron and lots of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, great-aunts and uncles and numerous family from Washington and Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Jack Bowen, Sr.; his mother, Imogine (Washington) Bowen; brother, Raymond Bowen; a twin sister; his sister, Debbie Waldron; granddaughter, Alishia Wyn Walker, and son of the heart, Corey Garzina.

A private family dinner was held April 1st.  Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Kara

    What a beautiful tribute to what sounds like a wonderful man. I never met John, but heard stories from Lyn & Jay about how much he adored his family. Peace be with all of you during this time. Xoxo

  • felix and frances victor

    may he rest in peace,my friend ,you will be missed,thanks for the many little talks we had,,,,,,,,love and prayers to all of his loved ones

  • Shan

    I’ll always cherish my friendship with papa John and his sincere and welcoming love for my daughters and myself. His is one of many reasons I am proud to be an honorable Bowen. Much love to my Bowen family.

  • Sheila (Kester) Kratzer

    My thoughts go out to the entire Bowen family. John was a great man with a huge heart. He will be forever missed but never forgotten. ❤

  • Leanne Washington

    Johnny, your excistence in this lifetime will be greatly missed. I will always remember you pulling us kids on our sleds in the winter time in your bare feet! Dean and I talked about your great smile and your bandana on your head.. Definitely your trademark!! Heaven gained an angel! RIP to an awesome cousin!!

  • Tracee Boettger

    I love you my husband, I miss you more then anyone could ever understand… we planned on marrying next year but our time together was cut short… I hope you rest in paradise my love… for when the time is right I’ll meet you there … just like we talked about, to have a long & happy life on this earth and in paradise… <3 <3 <3
    i miss you so very very much you are my heart & soul, nothing & nobody can ever change that. by the way, I love you more haha… I knew you'd like that one. the kids & grand kids miss you dearly … I'll keep them well just as i said, I love you my husband for now, forever & infinity… forever your loving wife Tracee