Obituary of Katherine Theresa Bowen
Katherine Theresa Bowen, a long-time resident of Douglas County, passed away on January 2nd after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Born to Rudolf Ehmann and Nina Wickizer on August 31st, 1929 in Denver, CO, Katherine was the eldest of six children. She grew up on a ranch off Wolfensburger Road near Castle Rock, graduating from Douglas County High School in 1946. Active in school plays and appearing on the honor roll, Katie was a good student and displayed an artistic talent that she planned to develop into a career in fashion design. After graduating from high school, Katherine worked in the Douglas County Soil Conservation Office. It was at that time she met her husband, John (Johnny) Bowen. Katherine told Johnny she wanted a sever-year engagement, but they were married at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock in 1949 and remained devoted spouses until Johnny's death sixty-six years later in 2015.
Katie was active with Johnny in the Grange, she excelled in homemaking skills participating in the Littleton Homemakers pageant in 1966, placing as a finalist. A graceful and poised woman, Katie taught young debutants social graces at Morganti's of Denver. In 1967, she secured her "Shangri-La" home when the Bowens acquired the Eberhardt Ranch in northern Douglas County. They named it the "Fly'n B Ranch". Conscious of the growing pains in the County from the flood of new residents, Katherine served on the Douglas County Planning Commission from 1975-1982. She helped the County work through many of the difficult decisions of growth that shaped the thriving communities that are there now. An avid gardner, quilter and seamstress were hobbies she loved. In the nineties she taught a variety of sewing skills at the Creative Needle sewing center in Littleton. However, nothing gave her greater joy than her four children.
Katherine is survived by her four children; Daniel Bowen (Cheri) of Ainsworth, NE, Christi Hickman (Jason) of Parker, CO, David Bowen (Richard) of Castle Rock, CO, Katie Bollig of Colorado Springs, CO. Twelve Grandchildren, Melissa Bowen Wentzel (Chris) of Dalhart, TX, Julie Bowen of Wiggins, CO, John Bowen (Becky) of Ainsworth, NE, Sara Bollig Bagwell (Adam) of Parker, CO, Nick Bollig (Victoria) of Highlands Ranch, CO, Tiana Bollig of Colorado Springs, CO, Autumn Bollig of Colorado Springs, CO, Solomon Bollig of Colorado Springs, CO, Jesse Hickman Wasinger (Adam) of Colorado Springs, CO, Lindy Hickman Copeland (Sterling) of Aurora, CO, Hannah Hickman Thom (Patrick) of Raleigh, NC, Zachary Hickman (Kayleigh) of Centennial, CO. There are eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. One sister, Mary Lou King of AZ and one brother Jerry Ehmann (Shirley) of Sula, MT. Preceded in death by her husband, Johnny, her father and mother, two brothers: Richard Ehmann (Joanne) of Ingleside, TX and Simon Ehmann (infant) and one sister: Donna Kirby (Robert) of Castle Rock, CO.
Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock, CO on January 13, 2019. Rosary at 10:30 a.m., followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter, 455 N. Sherman Street, #500, Denver, CO 80203 www.alz.org/COTo send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Katherine Bowen, please visit Tribute Store