Robert S. Gowen

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“For the Family of Robert S. Gowen From the Kennewick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution There are no words to express the sorrow of...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Kennewick Chapter DAR - Kennewick, WA

“Erika, Tina, Steve & family - You are in my thoughts and in my prayers during the loss of your husband, father & grandfather. Many fun memories at...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Kimberly (Skaugset) Tyrrell - WA

“Erika,Steve,Tina,Tanya, and families, you are all in our prayers! Bob will definately be missed by all.We love you. Dan, Donna,Brandon,Tanner and...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: THE ROTH FAMILY - KENNEWICK, WA

“Our heartfelt sympathy to the family on their loss. You are in our thoughts. Take strength in your memories and have faith in tomorrow. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: The Sonderland Family - Finley, WA

“gowen family,sorry about your dad , all he wanted was for the best of his life ,was your contset to become of one, thats why he and the family ,did...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: dannettecountryman - kennewick, WA

“I have good memories of the long hours our team spent setting up the computers and running benchmarks when we first came to the TriCities in 1977. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: William Sheehan - Pasco, WA

“When I started teaching baton to roberts;daughter christina back in 1972/73 she was a good student, her dad was always there at the contest,watching...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Baton teacher&family - Kennewick, WA

“We met Bob when we arrived here in Richland in 1977 when we were all working for Sperry Univac. Bob was the project manager at the site. After...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Dennis & Sharon Van Houdt - WA

“Even though we drifted apart over the years- Bob will always be our friend. Our condolences to Erika, Steve and family, Tina and family. Sincerely,...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Bob and Linda Bartelt - Pasco, WA

“Bob was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I alway think of Bob sitting on the couch greating me as I picked up my boys...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Brandi Finch - Pasco, WA


Robert S. Gowen, 69, of Kennewick, WA, went to meet his Heavenly Father on July 29, 2009. Robert was born on August 19, 1939 in Corsica, South Dakota. Robert attended elementary school in South Dakota, where he also did cow herding for a local farmer. He then attended his high school years in Caldwell Idaho at Gem State Academy. He was a first string forward basketball player for Gem State Academy. Robert joined the Army out of high school and served 10 years. While in the service he was recognized for his marksmanship shooting. During his years in the service he was stationed in Wuerzburg, Germany where he met his wife, Erika, and started their family. Their son, Steve, was born in Wuerzburg, Germany and shortly thereafter moved to the United States. Their daughter, Christina, was born in San Francisco, CA. The family spent many years traveling the United States and ultimately settled in Kennewick, WA., where he was employed by Boeing Computer Services as a project manager. Robert enjoyed time with his children by managing his son's little league team, The Pirates, watching his daughter compete in beauty pageants and baton twirling. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and customizing cars. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Erika Gowen; son, Steve (Lorna); daughter, Christina; brothers, Jerry (Kitty) and Walter; sister, LaVonna (John); granddaughters, Tanya, Stephanie and Sarah; grandson, Andrew; great granddaughter, Destiny; and many extended family members. He is preceded in death by both parents, Evelyn and Walter Gowen. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Einan's Funeral Home. Family and friends are also invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Einan's Memories at Sunset Event Center.

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