Obituaries — November 11, 2009



Brett Bowser, age 42, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Brett was the middle of the Bowser triplets and grew up in Rockford on his parents’ farm. He and his brothers worked together on the farm, which later became a tree farm.

In 1986 he graduated from Rockford High School. While in high school, Brett worked for Carter Lumber, and he continued to work there for 10 years, where he was the yard foreman. Brett went on to work for Vltra Shapes and finally at Vector Distribution.

He loved the outdoors, fishing, snowboarding, golfing, or just relaxing in the sun, but most importantly spending time with family.

Brett dated Mistie Marie Watson in the early ‘90s, but after a year of being together they went their separate ways, only to meet again 13 years later. They rekindled their love, married, and became the best soul mates, sharing the responsibilities of marriage and a blended family. Mistie was the love of Brett’s life, as he was hers. He taught their children the importance of school, proper manners, and encouraged them to be the best they could be.

In leisure time, Brett loved a good game of golf, playing with his children, spending time with family, being outside, watching auto racing, and a good football, golf or hockey game.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan, on October 28, 2004, and his grandfathers, Edwin Bowser and James Walton. Brett is survived by his loving wife, Mistie (Watson); children, Elizabeth, Emily, Cameron and Myla; father, Edwin Bowser III (Jeanne); brother, Aron (Becky) Bowser of Belmont; brother, Cory Bowser of Grand Rapids; sister, Heidi (David) Bird of Holt; grandmothers, Mrs. Mildred Bowser and Mrs. Doris Walton; Mistie’s family: parents, Gary and Patty Peterson; sister, Joey (Matt) Hooker; nieces and nephews, Kendall, Kalynn, and Kyla Bird, and Jacob and Madison Hooker.

The service for Brett was Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Elizabeth Bowser Education Fund at Fifth Third Bank.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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