Thursday, October 19, 2023

Roger Bowley

Sharon and I both worked with Roger at Farm Credit. He was first person I met when I started working there.

Roger M Bowley died unexpectedly on August 27, 2023 in Pine Grove, California. He was a long time resident and community leader in San Joaquin County and Linden, California.

Roger is survived by his wife of 46 years Kathleen/Kate, brother Thomas (Beverly) Bowley, sister Michele (Richard) Hazzard, brother-in-law Michael (Sharon) Rodoani, five nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews.

Roger graduated with honors from Arizona State University in 1968 and began a well documented and highly regarded career in Agricultural Economics. He retired in 2002 as President of AgCredit of California.

Through the years Roger served on the San Joaquin Ag Advisory Board, California Association of Wine Grape Growers, Linden-Peters Chamber of Commerce, Linden Lions Club and Stockton Ag expo.

Roger was elected to the San Joaquin County Hall of Fame in 2005, he and Kate were chosen Citizens of the year in Linden for 2006. Roger and Kate were founding members of the Linden HeadTurners Car Club, and members of Porsche Owners of Northern California.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Roger on October 22, 2023 at the Linden Lions Club (5041 N. Market Street, Linden) from noon to four.

Donations in Roger's name can be sent to Tri County Wildlife Care, 12360 Trade Center Dr., Jackson, Ca. 95642 or to Alzheimer's Assoc., 2290 N. First St., San Jose, Ca. 95131

1 comment:

  1. Bruce Robinson10/31/23, 12:54 PM

    Dear Mark: Thank you for re-posting Roger's obit. Similarly to you, Roger & Kate were among the 1st people I worked with in the Farm Credit System. I was a wet-behind-the-ears kid fresh out of Arizona State when Roger hired me. I worked with both Roger & Kate in the Farm Credit Bank's Services Department -- they provided me with tremendous day-to-day support & were more like family than supervisor (Roger) or co-worker (Kate). As word of Roger's death began to spread along the Farm Credit grapevine it was a pleasure to speak with several old (& new) friends about the impact of Roger's high energy personality. His 36-year Farm Credit career was a highlight to many of those friends; each was saddened to hear of this larger than life character's way-too-soon departure from this vale of tears. While saddened for both Roger & Kate as well as their families & friends, "s**t, oh dear", we should celebrate a life well & fully lived; hoist a cold one & tell a loud, hilarious joke honoring one of our favorite "trained killers".