Rev. Dr. James Mowrey

Died: Sat., Apr. 25, 2020

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Mowrey, Rev. Dr. James, 90, Johnstown. Passed away on April 25, 2020 of natural causes following a lengthy stay at Arbutus Park Manor. Born in Sykesville, PA. Son of LeRoy and Alice (Buhite) Mowrey. Preceded in death by parents, wife Rev. Dr. Thelma Mowrey, brother Lee, and sister-in-law Linda (Donald). Survived by brother Larry (Arlene), brother Donald (Evey), children Dr. Philip (Pamela) of Chantilly, VA, Paul (Nancy) of Slippery Rock, PA, and Dr. Rebecca of Lancaster, PA., 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. James received BS in Biology from Penn State U. and was admitted to Jefferson Medical School but followed a call by God to attend Bonebrake Theological Seminary for a M.Div, continuing for S.T.M. Boston U., and D.Min, United Theological Seminary. He was a full member of the Evangelical United Brethren W PA Conference and ordained Elder of the UMC at the union. Rev. Mowrey served the Freedom Salem, Scalp Level Trinity, Scottdale Christ, Johnstown Beulah. His last charge was Bradford First serving with Thelma as a clergy couple.They retired in 1989 and resided in an Arbutus Park Retirement Community cottage. They were active in the First UMC of Haines City, FL and Beulah of Johnstown. Rev. Mowrey was a long time member of the Ministers' Chorus, actively supported Camp Allegheny in Stoystown, PA. and was very active in community leadership for over 60 years. He was a compassionate, sincere, patient, tender loving spiritual servant of our Lord and Savior and God's children. In consideration of the current social distancing, no viewing will occur. The immediate family will participate in a brief Interment at Richland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Allegheny, 100 Camp Allegheny Dr., Stoystown, PA 15563 or online. The family is being served by Geisel Funeral Home - Johnstown.

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Tom Strandburg
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
My sincere condolences to the entire Mowrey Family! Jim & Thelma both had an impact upon my life. As a son of the Kane District, they helped to shape the early course of my candidacy for ordained ministry. I was a pastor on the Johnstown District when they moved to Arbutus. Their support for my ministry continued in that setting. I remember first seeing them in 1977, when they arrived at Camp Allegheny to retrieve Becky in the midst of the Johnstown Flood. Later, I would hear of their great work during that difficult time. Their faithfulness inspires me to this day. May their memory be a blessing to you all!

Augie and Aimee Twigg
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
Dear Mowrey Family, we share fond memories of your parents. When we were a young clergy couple, they were setting the way forward for those of us, more in number, to come. They set an example of grace-filled ministry and supportive spousal relationship. They gave us encouragement and care. We remember them, as so many do, as dear friends. Our prayers for you all as you grieve losing him but celebrate his receiving his eternal reward and this long awaited reunion of your dear parents.

JPatrick Lenox
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My first appointment out of seminary was as associate pastor to Bradford First when Jim and Thelma were retiring. Grateful for their Christ honoring ministry. It was fun in Bradford to minister alongside Becky in the congregation there. Please know your family is being lifted in prayer. I can only imagine the reception Jim received when reaching heaven. I am sure our Savior said, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Suzanne Dittman
   Posted Mon April 27, 2020
Becky, my condolences to you and your family. I can still picture your dad and mom at the alter during church services. You are in thoughts and prayers.


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