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James Rensselaer Bowen

James Rensselaer Bowen

James Rensselaer Bowen

James Rensselaer Bowen, 55 yrs old, went to his Heavenly home on August 3, 2018 to be with his Lord & Savior.

James, aka, Jay, Son, Jim, Sweetheart, Dad, Uncle Jay, Uncle Jim & Jimbo.

James was born in New London, Connecticut on July 16, 1963.

He is survived by his wife, Cassie Jo Bowen; sons, Eric William Bowen and Andrew John Bowen; parents, Lawrence & Carol Bowen; sister, Rebekah Smith & husband Shawn Smith, niece, Jessica Smith; nephew, Ethan & Shawna Smith; nephew, David Smith; parent’s in-law John & Anita Butcher; sister-in-law, Jayna Martin; nephew, Ryan Martin; niece, Ashley Martin;     brother-in-law, John Butcher, Jr.; nephew, John ‘Tre’ Butcher, II;  and his beloved dog, Sluggo & ‘grand-dog, Max.!

James graduated from Texas Tech University, served his country as an Air Force missile officer, and later gained his Master’s Degree from Texas A&M. He began his career at Pantex in 1998 as a Safety Engineer in Amarillo, Tx. He was an accomplished martial artist, enjoyed walking the dog with his beloved Cassie, going to the gym, and was an avid reader. He was a dedicated employee and enjoyed his work.

As Lawrence & Carol have stated, they saw Jay truly ‘come to life’ when he met the loves of his life, Cassie, Eric and Andrew in 2001.

James and Cassie were married on March 15, 2003 and led a love life of devotion & faith. He took great pride in raising his sons, Eric & Andrew, who follow in his footsteps at Texas Tech.  He was a very loving and devoted family man.

James was a man of great strength in so many ways and fought a battle with rapidly progressing ALS. He fought with courage, grace, and never complained. When asked how he was doing he would reply, “I’m great except for this ALS nonsense.”  He was a man above reproach, who was generous, caring, kind, patient, intelligent, honorable, humble, and handsome. Although a man of few words, Jim had a great sense of humor.

Jim married his Princess;

He rescued & equipped his two sons;

He lived a life of great character.


Jim fought the good fight,

Jim finished the race,

And Jim kept the faith;

Now there is in store for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to James Rensselaer Bowen, on that day—

And to all who have longed for our Lord’s appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 6, 2018, at St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Stan Cosby, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors , Amarillo

*** In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ALS Association, in Tribute to James R. Bowen, at http://www.alstexas.org/donate/ways-to-give.


  • Missy Posted August 4, 2018 3:04 pm

    In my mind, Jim will always be “Jay”. You all remain in my heart as you have been during this journey.

  • Michelle Hoopes Posted August 4, 2018 4:40 pm

    Words escape me. All I can say is that Jim was such a smart and capable colleague. One of the smartest men I have had the pleasure to work with. The last 3 years I was lucky to work with him everyday, and he became a true friend. He showed himself to be an incredibly brave man. I will miss him very much.

  • Kari Hamrick Posted August 5, 2018 6:01 am

    Jim…intelligent, well read, fun & witty, found joy in simple pleasures like his cup of coffee and work, and telling stories about his beloved dog Sluggo. His love and pride in his family was evident and they always came first, as it should be. He was one of those people that was always there, making his absence so much more noticeable. Well done, good and faithful servant and Godspeed.

  • Cheryl Erhart Posted August 5, 2018 8:32 am

    So sorry for the loss of such a great man, Cassie. You two were so sweet together. I know he was such a good father and husband. I’m so sad for you all.

  • Steve Erhart Posted August 5, 2018 8:47 am

    May God’s grace and peace be over the family and many friends of Jim and Cassie. Still and steadfast; kindhearted and brilliant with a big heart full of love for God and love for each other is how I would describe Jim and Cassie. Jim has moved on to glory and can now rest in the eternal joy that is the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for comfort for you all in this time of mourning and for the ceremony to celebrate a humble servant and a life well lived.

    Steve Erhart

  • Stefanie Elsea Posted August 5, 2018 11:42 am

    Cassie, I am so sorry for the tremendous loss that your family has suffered.. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jayna Posted August 5, 2018 11:50 am

    Jim blessed our entire family when he married my sister & adopted my nephews as his own sons. He was a man of such care & devotion. Jim always had a smile & he was indeed a brother to me. I will miss him dearly, until we meet again. With love and prayers for Cassie, Eric & Andrew, and all the family!

  • Kim Crabtree Posted August 5, 2018 2:02 pm

    My dear sweet friend, you ARE the strongest soul I know. Jim’s soul and a great part of yours is dancing in heavy free from this earthly existence. Just know I love you and the boys and have been lifting prayers continually. God is our strength refuge and you Cass are His perfect example of faith and endurance. Loves hugs God’s speed. Kim

  • Larry Supina Posted August 5, 2018 3:27 pm

    I’ll miss Jim’s humor more than anything…Godspeed Jim!

  • Nina Bea Hardy Posted August 6, 2018 10:34 am

    My sweet cousin, So sorry for your Loss. Jim looks like he was a very Happy Man. I really don’t no what to say but another Angel went to Heaven. I know your heart is heavy, Do I ever but he is with The Lord now, Talking and Laughing with the ones that has gone to Heaven before him. love ya cousin. My deepest sympathy for you and the rest of the Family. Always Nina Bea Hardy & Larry McDonald.

  • Mary Nell Hunt Posted August 6, 2018 8:24 pm

    Jim was an amazing man & he has left a huge footprint. Cassie you are a remarkable, strong, faith filled woman. Prayers for you, Erik & Andrew.

  • Darla Gammons Posted August 6, 2018 8:54 pm

    What a legacy Jim Bowen leaves behind! A man of God, who loved well and finished strong! May we all have a “Jim Bowen” spirit in the midst of life’s storms. Lord Jesus, be very near to all those who loved and cared for Jim.

  • Jack Mayo Posted August 8, 2018 4:54 am

    I went to high school with Jay (Marshfield HIgh ’81), and had his Dad as a teacher. I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was a good friend, classmate and teammate. We shared a similar sense of humor and had many laughs together. Rest in peace Jay.

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