Joseph W. Stowers

June 27, 1937July 5, 2018

After a short battle with cancer, Joseph William Stowers, born June 27, 1937, passed away on July 5, 2018. He was 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Mord and Letha Stowers, his brothers James, Daniel and Thomas Stowers, his sister Patricia Long, and his daughter Karen Erwin. Over the last several years he has lost so many of his lifelong friends.

In the early 70s, Joe established Joseph Stowers Painting; eventually specializing in commercial and industrial applications. Joe loved all sports, and enjoyed golf, fishing, skiing, and keeping a beautiful lawn. His golf outings with his buddies and their 50-cent bets and high hilarity made life so much fun for him. In the last few years he discovered a talent for sketching, much to the delight of his family and friends. But his family always came first.

Joe was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, and has remained close to many of his childhood friends. The absolute loves and joys of his life have been his five grandchildren, Molly (Rob) McGowin, Bailey (Ken) Hugo, Kylie (Josh) Stafford, Tanner Brigance, and Jeremy Erwin, and four great-grandsons, Locke, Jones, and Rand McGowin and Sky Hugo. He leaves his wife, Edith Ryman Stowers, his son Ridgley Willis and wife Stephanie, and his daughter Amie Willis Brigance and husband Shawn. He also leaves his siblings Shirley McCarty, Martha and John Baldivia, Rosemary and George Delisio, David and Marilyn Stowers, and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-3pm on Tuesday, June 10 at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


  • St. Jude Children's Hospital


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Ralph Ryman

July 7, 2018

There are so many memories over the past many years but I will never forget our wedding at the Jewel Box in St. Louis in 1980 when you were my Best Man. We'll miss you Joe!