Home

Kent L. Bowersox


08/02/1940 - 03/14/2015 Obituary
Kent L. Bowersox Obituary
Kent L. Bowersox was born on August 2nd, 1940 to Kenneth and Mary Bowersox in Los Angeles, California and passed away on March 14th, 2015 in Bakersfield, California after a brief illness.
Kent spent most of his growing up years in Longview, Texas before enlisting in the U.S. Navy at the young age of 17. Kent served four years in the Navy part of which he proudly served on the USS Ranger. Upon his discharge from the Navy Kent enlisted in the Air Force Reserve Recovery Group for three years while working in the Aerospace Industry and attending California State, Fullerton. In 1968 Kent joined State Farm Insurance and was transferred to Bakersfield in 1970 as a Claims Adjuster and continued his determined pursuit of an education by attending night classes at CSUB. His perserverance earned him three degrees: a BA in Political Science in 1973, a BS in Business and Human Relations in 1975 and a MS in Business and Public Relations in 1977.
During this very busy time Kent met his future wife, Merla, who was working at another insurance company. They were married on August 25, 1973 along with her three children (14,12 and 11 years of age) and his two year old son. From that day forward they were his life and his priority. Kent involved himself in his new family's school and sports activities, their hobbies, extra-curricular and club activities, hunting, fishing and whatever came their way in raising a family. There was never a dull moment! He was always and forever devoted to his wife and family.
Kent also leaves behind wonderful and adventurous memories for Merla of their many trips together across our country (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada plus several cruises during their almost forty two years of marriage. He also made sure they saw every fort, battlefield, air and military museum, ship and carrier possible along the way.
In 1976 Kent began his over 30 year career with the County Of Kern/Employers Training Resource-CETA, JTPA and WIA as Job Developer, Labor Market Analyst and Program Supervisor at the Stockdale Career Services Center retiring from the Center in 2006. During the last many years of Kent's employment with the County and even into his retirement Kent enjoyed co-chairing and organizing the annual Kern County Employees Golf Tournament.
Kent was a true American patriot and had strong and emotional feelings for our country and for all who served. Upon his retirement he became involved with the Kern County Veterans Employment Committee helping veterans find employment. He also formed a Veterans Group in the retirement community in which he lived. Kent held bimonthly meetings with speakers who had the knowledge to help them with their benefits and speakers who shared their service and war experiences. Over the years this group developed a special comradeship. He also helped in the community Library and wrote military book reviews for the community newspaper. He recently earned a Key to the City award of which he was very surprised and pleased. Kent thoroughly enjoyed his breakfast and brunch buddies and was an avid reader of Western and Military books.
Kent is predeceased by his parents; brother Robert Bowersox and Stepson Thomas Thurman. Kent leaves behind his wife Merla; son Christopher Bowersox; stepson Stephen Thurman; stepdaughter Cheryl Sanders and her husband Dan Topping; grandsons Stephen Sanders, Christopher Thurman, Michael Thurman and Matthew Thurman; three great-grandchildren; sister Sharon Stuart of Longview, Texas; a nephew and four nieces and many friends. Kent will be missed by all and will forever remain in our hearts.
The family would like to thank their friends for their support, Hoffmann Hospice and Palm Living for their compassionate care during this difficult time.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 19, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight Kern County, P.O. Box 255, Bakersfield, CA 93311 or any Veteran's organization of your choosing.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 17, 2015
Read More