Harold M Gowing Jr.

January 15, 1927November 10, 2013

Harold M. Gowing, Jr. , a long time resident of Gresham, OR died November 10th in Gresham at the age of 86. A reception will be held at 10:30am at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, with a Committal Service at 12:30pm at Willamette National Cemetery with honors by the U.S. Navy and Police Department. He was born in Portland, OR on January 15, 1927. He graduated from Benson High School in 1945. He joined the US Navy during World War II & was active for 2 years , plus he was 4 years in the US Navy Reserve. He attended Multnomah College in Business Administration until he went to work with the Portland Police Bureau. His 30 year working career began as a Patrolman on October 10, 1950. He was promoted to Detective in July 1967; Sergeant in October, 1967; Lieutenant in January 1971; and retired October 16, 1980. He was with the US Coast Guard Reserve – 3 years (Port Security). While he was in the Coast Guard, he taught seamanship, boat handling, piloting, river navigation, and ship nomenclature. Along with his father, he owned & operated a charter boat on the Oregon Coast for many years. He was a 20 year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, belonged to the Gresham Rock Club, and volunteered for the Friends of Vista House for many years. He is survived by his children, Diane Muir of Bonny Lake, WA, Carol Rolf of Colville, WA, Lori Buerkle of Brush Prairie, WA, Greg Gowing of Camas, WA, and Jim Gowing of Camas, WA; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Mt. Hood Hospice and/or Portland Police Sunshine Division.


  • Reception and Gathering Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • Committal Service Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Harold M Gowing Jr.

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November 23, 2013

I have great memories of Grandpa Hal and will miss him very much. Love you Grandpa.

Jim & Judi Hessel

November 18, 2013

Hal was a tireless and devoted volunteer
at Vista House. He was a friend to all
and terrific guy--he will be missed.
Love Jim & Judi Hessel

The Staff of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home

November 17, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

November 14, 2013

Hal will always be remembered in our hearts. From his golfing, love of baseball and his fondness for reunions. He loved having family around and cherished his grandchildren. He has had many loves in his life and I will miss him dearly.
Vyrn and Kathy