Mr. John Dale Bowden

  • Born: September 27, 1943
  • Died: March 20, 2013
  • Location: Springfield, Virginia

Everly Community Funeral Care

6161 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
Tel. (703) 532-5161

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Dale Bowden
On Wednesday, March 20, at his residence in Springfield, VA beloved husband of the late Karen Bowden, father of Erica Bowden Goodlin (Brian) of Plano, Texas and loving husband of Kathleen Jean Bowden entered into rest with his Lord. He is survived by three beautiful grandchildren, Justin, Colin, and Natalie and his loving sister Carol (Fred), nephew Gary, and nieces Teri and Brenda. John also leaves three step children, Kelly (Travis), Chris, and Bobby and three beautiful step grandchildren Bennett, Jackson, and Reagan and a host of loved ones and friends. A memorial will be held on Monday March 25 at 11:00 AM at the Falls Church Church of Christ, 6149 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. 22041. Family will receive friends on Monday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Thursday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Everly Community Funeral Care, 6161 Lessburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044. Interment following at Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Jill's House in McLean, Virginia.

Condolence & Memory Journal

"Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves memories that no one can steal." It is good to know that death is not the end. The Creator, has promised that our precious dear ones will have the opportunity to live again, in paradise. Psalm 37:29 tells us: "The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it." So we look forward to seeing John again in paradise. In the meantime we will draw closer to our Creator and his son Jesus Christ in prayer, and the Bible promises that "he himself will sustain you." Psalm 55:22

La Chelle Yates

Posted by La Chelle Yates    March 30, 2013


I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Bowden at DEQ for 20 years. He was a hard working, loyal and caring manager. I am sorry of his unexpected passing and extend my condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Ali Khalilzadeh - Great Falls, VA - Co-worker   March 28, 2013

We worked with John several years ago at DEQ. He was a good and caring man and we considered him a friend as well as a supervisor and co-worker. We know how much he loved his family and wish to extend our deepest sympathy.

Jon and Bonnie Terry

Posted by Jon and Bonnie Terry - Norfolk, VA   March 25, 2013

I met Mr. Bowden several times when he would come down to visit Erica. He was such a nice man and I could always tell how proud he was of Erica and her kids. I know he will be missed so much.

Posted by Jessica Northup - McKinney, TX   March 25, 2013


Miss you uncle johnny

Posted by terri white - port orange, FL   March 24, 2013

John was a kind man. We enjoyed getting to know him.
We are so sorry for your loss.
May God be with you.

Posted by Love, John, Donna & Julia    March 24, 2013

John and I came to work together under difficult circumstances, but I came to appreciate his no-nonsense, old-school approach to leadership and problem-solving. He cared deeply for his family and friends, and was loyal to his staff. Simply put, he was a good man, and he will be sorely missed.

Posted by Charlie Forbes - Woodbridge, VA - Former subordinate/colleague   March 24, 2013

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John hired me in 1990 as a compliance officer with at the time was called the Air Pollution Control Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia and is now known as DEQ. I am still working for DEQ 22+ years later. I owe a lot to John. I remember once when I had made a mistake and John said that's okay. The only ones that don't make mistakes are the ones that aren't doing anything. John hired a bunch of good people over the years of which many are still working for DEQ. I will miss him as will so many others. You are in good hands now John.