Gordon A. Bowers

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Gordon A. Bowers

Gordon A. Bowers peacefully passed away February 21, 2012 after a brief illness, at the age of 93. He was born and raised in Centralia, WA where he met and married Edith, his loving and supportive wife of 73 years.
During WWII he served in the Air Force, and upon returning home he continued his studies at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington. Advanced degrees in Education led him to serve as teacher, principal and business administrator for the Shoreline School District. After 30 years of loyal service he retired in 1978. An advocate for education to the present time, he authored the Health section of the Sno-King School Retirees Association Newsletter. In recognition for outstanding services, Gordon received two Golden Acorn Awards, the Crystal Apple Award from the Shoreline Schools Foundation and the AARP Outstanding Service to Community Award. Gordon and Edith were on the Founders List to Seattle Pacific University's Fund. They enjoyed gardening, family gatherings, RV trips, world travel and many home and apartment construction projects.
Gordon was welcomed into heaven by his wife, Edith; and his son, Wayne.
He is survived by daughters, Dolores (Leo) Valenzuela of Shoreline, WA, Gloria (Jim) Kraft of Redmond, WA; and daughter-in-law, Cynthia Murdoch of Camano Island, WA; grandchildren, Cynthia (Bob) Follette of Edmonds, WA, Tony Valenzuela of Tacoma, WA, Nick (Jenay) Valenzuela of Puyallup, WA, Arnie (Blaine) Valenzuela of University Place, WA, Vince Valenzuela of Shoreline, Scott (Katie) Kraft of Seattle and Bryan (Barb) Kraft of Albany OR. He also leaves six great-grandchildren, Aaron Kraft, and Valenzuela girls, Ally, Rebecca, Manni, Fina and Ella; sister-in-law, Rene Benton; brother-in-law, Vernon (Lillian) Benton; many nephews and nieces; friends; and Suzy, the kitty. He will be deeply missed.
Thanks to the wonderful staff at Swedish Edmonds and Rite-Aid Pharmacy. For almost thirty years Gordon and Edith were frequent diners at Denny's Lynnwood where the staff was like family. We are grateful for your personal care and compassion.
At his request we leave you with this message: "IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE SHARED IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY PEOPLE".
Remembrance Gifts would be appreciated to the Sno-King School Retirees Scholarship Fund, 11227 Goodwin Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125 or the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, 18560-First Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA, 98155.



Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 4, 2012