Joseph Avery Bowdoin, 96, former long-time resident of Shady Cove, died March 19, 2008 in Grants Pass.
Mr. Bowdoin was born in Klamath Falls on Sept. 7, 1911 to William and Eva Bowdoin. On Aug. 24, 1941, in Rogue River, he married Margaret Arlene Tyrrell.
He was a pastor at various area churches and attended New Hope Bible Church. He provided ministry to many missionaries and Christian workers through his Gospel Publishing Mission. He also worked locally as a commercial printer. He and his wife had the gift of hospitality and opened their home to many in need of a place to stay.
Mr. Bowdoin was a board member emeritus of the 1960 founding board of New Hope Christian School, until recently. Of his many hobbies, he enjoyed bible study and teaching, fishing, camping, photography, printing and gardening.
He is survived by sons, Terell Bowdoin of Grants Pass and Stephen Bowdoin of Dundee, Ore., daughters, Sharon Esau of Spain and Karen Olson of Three Hills, Alberta, Canada; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret, in 2003; daughter, Janice Mildren; grandson, Andrew Olson and his four siblings.
A memorial service was held in Grants Pass on March 22 at New Hope Bible Church. Pastor Lowell Stutsman officiated.
Arrangements by Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, Medford.