June 29, 1944 - Feb. 22, 2018
Jack Bowder, 73, passed away peacefully in his King City home, Feb. 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was born in Newport, to John and Eloise Bowder, June 28, 1944. After moving as a young child, Jack spent his formative years in Bandon, a place which he considered home for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Bandon High School in 1962.
Jack met his wife Sally after moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1965. They married June 25, 1966 in Bandon. In 1972, he graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a degree in civil engineering. During college, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and, after graduating, had a career with BLM as a Cadastral Surveyor that spanned 33 years.
In 1985, Jack and Sally moved to Tigard, with their five children, where Jack became the Chief of Cadastral Surveying at BLM’s Oregon State office. Together, they welcomed nine grandchildren into the world and set a strong foundation of faith and love for their family throughout their 51 year marriage.
Jack’s children were honored to care for their dad in the final weeks of his life. His tender heart and love were a clear reflection of his love for Christ. He was a loyal and faithful friend, and was generous with what was given to him, always putting others needs before his own. His favorite times were spent enjoying his family and nature, whether that was out on his patio or on trips to the Oregon coast. He will be remembered for his love and his wit, which remained in his last days.
Jack is survived by his wife, Sally Bowder; children, Brian and Tami Bowder, Craig and Randee Bowder, Sarah and Tommy Kolodge, Joel and Kara Bowder, and Todd and Rachel Bowder; and grandchildren, Emma, Olivia, Madeline, Raleigh, Jett, Jax, Sutton, Noam, and Keller. He is also survived by his sisters, Pat Keller, and Sherry Yarbrough; and brother Brad Bowder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eloise Bowder; and sisters, Bonnie Oberst, Marilyn Strycker, and Debra Bowder.
Those wishing to honor Jack may donate to the American Kidney Fund.
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