Richard Harrison Stowell, 72, of San Diego, Calif., died Aug. 13, 2007, at his home.
He was born Feb. 6, 1935, near Munson, Mich., the son of Ferris and Alta Stowell. He lived much of his life in Ohio before moving to California.
Richard graduated from Fayette High School in 1953. In high school he played basketball and baseball, ran track, and was a member of the F.F.A. group. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, and was stationed in Europe.
He was active in business before becoming interested in addressing social challenges. Richard founded the Columbus Hospitality Network for homeless families. He also worked with other agencies that provided support to women and families. After moving to California he continued to use his business knowledge in augmenting non-profits that work with children and families.
He was an avid reader and greatly enjoyed sports.
Richard is survived by four children, Laurie Stowell of California, Kelly (and Linda) Stowell of Montana, Erin Stowell of California, and Matthew Stowell of Ohio; grandchildren, Zachary, Austin and Alex; nephews, Gene (and Janet) Borton and Jerry (and Linda) Borton; and nieces, Joann Gruenberg and Kathy Borton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Marge Gruenberg and Marty Borton.
Private family services were held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Amethyst, (a women’s support agency), 527 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.