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John W. Schowengerdt

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012

John W.Schowengerdt, born in Bellflower, Mo.  known lifelong as "Bud," went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 22, 2012 after blessing this world with his presence for 96 years.

After serving his country flying 33 missions in the bottom turret of a B-24 in World War II in Europe, he came home to start a life.

Bud worked hard his whole life as a meat cutter and farmer, so he could play with his wife Inez and four children, taking them to every national park, mountain lake, stream, beach and country road ride that he could squeeze in.  He was an avid fisherman and  that would account for why everything at home smelled like salmon eggs and Velveeta cheese.  He took up golf in his late 60s and excelled with such a passion that if given the opportunity to play in his youth he might have tried to play professionally.

Bud was always there for you, celebration and sorrow.  He was loving, kind, and had a great sense of humor.

Daughter Pam Doroski, son Gary Schowengerdt, daughter Nancy Pelfrey, son Steve Schowengerdt, Pam's husband Steve and their two children Dominic and Donica, Nancy's husband Danny remain behind, sorely missing him but knowing they will join him, mom and the rest of loved ones in Heaven in due time.

His sister Thelma's son Jim was extremely close and added numerous years to dad's life by his loving presence over the years with rides through the country and visits.  His dear friends and golfing buddies, Richard, Jeff and Jerry, can be content in knowing they too added years and richness to his life, more than they can possibly know. Tracy,  Mike and their sons were also "adopted" in to his family as what once was a caregiving job for Tracy turned in to a life -saving, there at every moment, and to the last moment, friendship.  He would not have been able to reach 96 without her.

Bud got to see one of the best sunsets of his life with his daughter, Pam, the night before he passed and left this world minutes after watching a John Wayne western movie. 

A man that was one of the most generous and loving people many have ever known has gone home now. He took so long to get to Heaven because he just kept blessing people here.

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