Jay Richard Bowen(1936 - 2018)

Jay Richard Bowen, age 82, of Sherman, N.Y., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday September 2, 2018 at UPMC Hamot. He was born on July 28, 1936 in Sherman, New York the son of the late Luther and Helen (Riewaldt) Bowen.

Jay was a well respected "tree surgeon" throughout Western N.Y. and Pa., working with various companies for over 50 years. Jay possessed a gift for helping others in need. His love of God, nature, and people encouraged him to mow neighbors lawns, repair friend's lawn mowers, trim trees and water flowers at cemeteries, and volunteer at the North East Food Pantry. Jay was known as a kind gracious person who would help anyone in need. He was an active member of the Praise Cathedral Church in North East and will be sadly missed by anyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Carol Neckers, Hope Glover, and Joy Eastman. Jay is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marianette (Sweet) Bowen whom he married August 17, 1957; son, John Bowen of North East; daughters, Rhonda Bowen of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Connie Meleen (Mark) of Mayville; sisters, Ruth Rutledge (Bill) of North East; brother, Melvin Bowen (Carol) of Nebraska; grandson, Shawn Bowen; granddaughter, Macy Meleen; great-grandsons, Alex and Lucas Bowen; step-granddaughters, Kristen, Linda, and Michele; and several nieces, nephews and step-greatgrandchildren.

Friends are invited to call at the Praise Cathedral Church of God, 5335 Rt. 89, North East on Saturday September 15th at 10:00 a.m. until time of a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Officiating the service is Pastor Michael Grove.

Private interment will be held at Mina Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Praise Cathedral Church of God or the Stanley Hose Co. 1, 122 Park Street, Sherman, NY 14781 or the Findley Lake VFD, 10372, Findley Lake, NY 14736. Please send condolences to elkinfh.com.

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Funeral Home

Elkin Funeral Home
65 South Lake Street North East, PA 16428
(814) 725-4511

Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 9, 2018