Jack Richard Stowell
Jack Richard Stowell lived an extraordinary life. His faith and dedication to human rights, social justice, and 'doing the right thing' were the guides for his career and personal life.
Born and raised in Findlay, Ohio, Jack joined the US Army Air Corp after high school. When WWII ended, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Symonds. They attended Asbury University, and Jack graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Oberlin College and was ordained as a Methodist minister. While in college, Jack sang and traveled with a quartet, and he felt the call to global service. They committed 19 years to a mission of service in Cuba, the Philippines and Brazil. Along the way, they had 3 children.
In 1968, they settled in Portland, OR. Jack changed careers, opening an executive search and placement firm, which became the largest executive search firm in the Pacific Northwest. In 1990, Jack expanded into providing outplacement services, before retiring in 2013.
After 46 years of marriage, Jack lost Mary Ann to cancer. While attending a bereavement group, he met Susan Combs, and they were married in 1993. They enjoyed several trips to Europe, and travels to Jack's hometown where they spent many good times with old friends. They were actively involved in Frog Pond Church and their Wilsonville community.
Jack died peacefully at home at the age of 94, surrounded by his family. He touched so many lives. Jack found greatest joy in spending time with family. Many memories were made on the beaches of Gearhart and Maui. Music filled his life, and he was an avid member of Portland's jazz scene. Jack was a loyal friend, mentor and counselor. He cared deeply for his family, friends and his community.
Jack leaves behind his wife, Susan; daughter, Jane Duck (Tom); sons, Rick Stowell and Jon Stowell (Karen); grandchildren, Jen Remy (Chris), Chris Thornton (Stephanie), Justin Cutsforth, Kaylie Leitch (Pat), and Dylan Stowell; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Donations in Jack's memory may be made to Mercy Corps, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, or any food bank. Please join in celebrating Jack's life at: https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/JackStowell/