Benjamin "Ben" Eugene GowdyOctober 19, 1949 ~ October 10, 2017 (age 67)
Benjamin “Ben” Eugene Gowdy, 67, passed away at the Bruce McCandless State Veterans Home, with his loving family by his side October 10, 2017. He was born October 19, 1949 to Alvin and Doris (Ayres) Gowdy in Tucumcari, NM. Ben graduated from Olathe High School, Class of ’68 where he was a track and basketball star. After graduation, Ben served his country in the 120th Aviation Unit during the Vietnam War. A hard worker, Ben was a police officer in Woodland Park, he owned his own business working heavy equipment, pulling manufactured homes and was a Manager at Clayton Homes. When he wasn’t hard at work, he found time to hunt, go 4-wheeling, spend time in the mountains and was a longtime supporter of 4-H. A man who loved his family and took every opportunity to spend time with them, especially his grandchildren, but most importantly, Ben loved his Savior and was a firm believer in Christ. He is survived by his children, Jason (Sue) Gowdy, Cochelle (Spencer) Evans, Kimberly (Tom) Briggs; siblings, Wes Gowdy, Jeanette (Larry) Michelin; grandchildren, Keirstyn, Cole, Taylor, Corbin, Kara, Dustin, Peyton and Colton; married to Benita Gowdy for 35 years; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-dad, Mervyn Hall and sister, Wilma Gowdy. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00pm at Christian Family Fellowship, 1011 Monroe Ave., Canon City, CO. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at Harwoodfunerals.com.