Paul Roy Gowen

Born: Fri., Jul. 10, 1925
Died: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 03, 2018
Location: Chevy Chase United Methodist Church

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Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Brooke Grove Retirement Village in Sandy Spring, MD. Born July 10, 1925 in Newton, MA, he lived all his adult life in the Washington area. In addition to his work, he was deeply involved in church activities and was a lifelong church choir singer. With his wife he organized and led many Christian retreats. He was a man of strong faith and integrity who put others first and tackled responsibilities with zeal. A respected and religious man, his keen sense of humor was enjoyed by many who had the privilege to know him.  He was a model husband and father. He is survived by Marie Riley Gowen, his wife of nearly 73 years. He leaves behind three sons, Bradford (Maribeth), Alan (Pam), and Kevin (Rob Wilkinson) as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


A memorial service followed by columbarium interment will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase MD 20815. If desired, flowers may be sent directly to the church, or memorial contributions may be made to the Institute for Christian Renewal, 80 Route 125, Kingston, NH 03848. Condolences and fond memories may be expressed at

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Steve & Tess Koeppen
   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
Blessings to you all. What a wonderful gift you were given. Your dad was loved by all and held with utmost respect by everyone. His passing is sad for those left behind, but he is directing choirs in Heaven. Love Steve and Tess

Carol Grimm LaSalle
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
He made his way to heaven on the wings of Angels. I have such wonderful and fond memories of the days, weeks and months spent in the Gowen home during the '60s. You were a second family to me and your love endures to this day. The memories of Paul are too many to mention but he taught me many life lessons that are still very relevant today. God bless you all as you celebrate his life.

Paul Grimm
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
I have only fond memories of "Ole Spindle Snut". Always a smile on his face and positive life messages for me. I only wish I had been able to spend more time with both of them

Dick and Emily Robinson
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
Blessings to all the family. We remember the many opportunities to sing
with Paul at Capon Springs retreats and other events. Love from the Robinsons.

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