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“Kim and family, I was saddened and surprised to hear of Rick's passing. He was the handyman/caretaker for the house I'm renting in Chester. Rick...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kathleen Nelson - Chester, CA

“RDD, Between siphoning out the oxygen from the room and reducing you to a puddle, you have put up with so much from me. I don't know if I ever...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Leigh - Oxnard, CA - Daughter

“Dear Rick, thanks for the joy you brought to my mom's life. You made her a very happy woman and I can't express in words how happy that made me feel....Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Ryan Grant - Minden, NV

“I love you Rickey D. with all my heart and soul. I can't even begin to imagine how my life will be going forward. Please stay with me forever and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Kim Dowden - Wife

“Can't believe you've left us, Ricky! To his family I send my heartfelt condolences, Ricky taught me how to wield a hammer and keep up a deep,...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Susan West - Santa Rosa, CA

“Sous chef! How embarrassing! Rick would laugh ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jess Grant - Minden,NV

“Papa RickYou and Colby will always be my favorite chefs!! You were a master in the kitchen and I loved being your pus chef! My wallet will never...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jess Grant - Minden, NV


Frederick Fenton "Rick" Dowden peacefully passed from this life Monday March 23, 2015 at his residence in Chester at the age of 70.

Born January 26, 1945 to the late Guy and Ruth (Neely) Dowden in San Mateo, CA, Rick as he affectionately became known was raised in San Francisco where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He went on to continue his education at the University of Arizona, Tempe and later in life San Francisco City College.

Rick had worked in the construction industry for some forty years where he was self employed carpenter and cabinet maker.

Hearing of the loss of his best friend he contacted his widow to express his condolences, a call that led to a relationship, relocation from New York and marriage of the couple in 2005 in Chester.

Rick was an avid tennis player and enjoyed sailing. He will be remembered by many for his talent as a poet and author of short stories.

In passing Rick leaves his loving wife; Kim of Chester, son; Ryan Grant and wife Jessica of Minden, Nevada, daughter; Leigh Brown and husband Mike of Oxnard, CA his much loved grandchildren; Austin and Colby Grant, along with a brother; John Dowden of Novato, CA.

A Celebration of Rick's Life is being planned for a later date. Graveside Services will take place Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10:00AM in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com.

Funeral Home
Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory-Chester, CA FD1072
162 Main Street Chester, CA 96020
Tel. (530) 283-0358

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