Wesley Bowen

Wesley passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Haslett, Michigan.

Wes was born July 31, 1928, in St. Johns, Michigan, to J. C. and Millie (VanKuren) Bowen. He was one of nine children. His parents, six brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Wes married the love and light of his life, Anita Godfrey, on July 28, 1951. Wes was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many whom he loved unconditionally.

He is dearly loved by his wife of 68 years, Anita; daughters, Roxanna (Gerald) Brown and Betty (Greg) Oberg; son, Donald (Sharon) Bowen; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He worked for General Motors in Lansing for 44 years, proudly retiring in 1993. In his retirement Wes volunteered at REO Museum and Ingham Medical Hospital.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.  His family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Residential Home Healthcare.

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Mike,Ann,Tiffany Clark
January 18, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Our family is so truly sorry for your loss.Wes has always meant so much to us,he was like a father…so caring,soft spoken,and good advice.We sure will miss seeing him out working in the yard or sitting on the porch.. To you all…..

Greg Oberg
January 21, 2020 at 1:30 am

Dad I wanted to thank you first of all, for giving me your approval to marry your daughter. Now I know how hard it is to let loose of a daughter and am truly grateful for every day of the last 39 years I have been married to Betty and been able to call you dad. I have learned alot from you in those years, most importantly that family is the most important thing in life, as well as always treat those who are not as fortunate as us no matter what there job is, as well, if not better than those we report to. You have over the years inspired so many around you to do there best at what they are good at. If it was to work with your hands or a trade then follow that path in life. If it was to go to college to follow that path and get a career you enjoy, if it was to work with people and help them, then do that – because in life, you need to do what makes you HAPPY! So I think that’s why you were loved so much for 91 years, you would do whatever it took and put others happiness at the forfront even if it meant you had to sacrifice something in return. These are a very few of the reasons I loved you so much and will miss you.
Love you, Greg

Terri Cameron
January 21, 2020 at 9:39 am

I never had the privilege to meet Wesley, but to know his daughter Betty, he must have been a kind, generous, personable man who loved to laugh. Wishing Anita, Betty and family members peaceful thoughts during this difficult time.

The Bramans
January 21, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor to my family for the past 30 years. Throughout my childhood, I was very lucky to grow up in a neighborhood with a family like Wes and Anita. They were always there to offer a kind smile and a wave to the neighborhood kids while we rode our bikes. They passed out candy on Halloween and decorated for every holiday. They’ve always been incredibly kind and generous to my parents and for that, I’m so grateful. Thank you for being a pillar of the community, Wes. Anita and family, our family sends you all of our love and light during this time. A lot of things have changed in the world during Wes’ life but one thing remains constant–the friendship between neighbors.

Mary Patterson
January 22, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Betty and Greg,
I remember when Chuck and Jacob played sports together, your parents were there supporting frequently. We are sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of your family


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