In loving memory
Ian Warren Bowden
1941 – 2013
Ian Bowden passed away suddenly on Friday, June 21, 2013. He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Marilynn (nee Buzza); daughter Sherri (Richard) Dyck, grandson Joshua 4; daughter Cindy (Stephen) Raschke, grandchildren Megan 24, Jared 22, Brittany 20 and Everett 17; son Rob, granddaughters Isabelle 12 and Natasha 11; daughter Heather (Jeff) Lewis, grandchildren Londyn 12, Sophia 11 and Brielle 6. He is survived by his brother Mervyn and sisters Mabel and Maureen.
Ian was born in Quebec City, Quebec, on May 10, 1941 to parents Laurence and Ruby (nee Tisdale) Bowden. He lived with his family in Little Fort, BC for 39 years where they raised their four children on a small hobby farm. Ian worked at Weyerhaeuser in Vavenby for 26 years where he became a journeyman carpenter. He built their family home in Little Fort, but his first love was farming. For 8 years he followed his dream, raising sheep and farming in both Alberta and BC, but eventually gave it up to work at the mill to support his family. However they were never without a milk cow, horses and sundry other animals. He talked to his animals as if they were children and spoiled them shamelessly.
Ian was also an avid gardener and produced a surplus of organic vegetables every year. He loved music and played the saw for most of his life.
Ian had an abiding faith in God and lived every day as a shining example of a committed Christian man. He was well known for his happy, gentle and easy-going nature and was dearly loved by many. He will truly be missed.
A Memorial Service for Ian Bowden will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Clearwater Community Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family, and the service may be seen online at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, 73 Taren Drive, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N2, telephone 250-674-3030.