Ricky Lynn (Rick) Bowling, 61, of Omak, Wash., passed away at home unexpectedly in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 of coronary heart failure. Rick was born Jan. 11, 1957 in Omak, to Bobby and Joyce Bowling.
He grew up and attended Omak schools, graduating with the class of “75”. While still in high school, Rick joined the Washington National Guard in April of 1974 and after graduation transferred to the U.S. Air Force in June of 1975. After basic training in Texas, he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash. As a Security Specialist after fulfilling his service with an Honorable Discharge, Rick returned to Omak to begin a life-long career in general construction and repair. He had a gift for building, mechanics and electrical. Rick found enjoyment with all things under the sun or deep in the snow, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing or fudging the golfing score card. HA ! HA !. A handsome man standing 6 ft. 5 inches, with broad shoulders can get away with that.
Rick was preceded in death by one son, Justin Bowling. Rick is survived by his daughter, Katie Dibble (Justin) and Adam Bowling; parents, Bobby and Joyce Bowling; sister; Angie Willis (Bill) all of Omak; brother, Gary Bowling (Debra) of East Wenatchee, Wash.; and grandchildren, Kambrie and Makala Dibble of Omak, and Justin Bowling Jr. of Spokane. Rick is also survived by his longtime companion, Melissa O’Bryan.
Rick’s gentle soul and kind heart was evident in the family home caring for the many dogs, cats and birds that brought him and them comfort.
A celebration of life for Rick will be from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Okanogan Legion Hall, 860 2nd Avenue North, Okanogan, WA on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.
Precht Harrison Nearents Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.