Charles Patrick Bowechop, was born to Harry Bowechop, Sr. and Frances James Bowechop on March 17, 1933. He was one of eight children and a proud member of the Makah Tribe, with relatives in Quileute and Quinault.
He went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2018, surrounded by his family at the hospital in Bremerton. He was 84 years old.
Charles, who was also known as Pat, was born and raised in Neah Bay and graduated from Neah Bay High School in 1951. He excelled in sports and went on to attend Centralia College, where he played football, and later attended Multnomah School of the Bible. He enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for 4 years as an aircraft mechanic. He continued in civil service for the U.S. Air Force after his enlisted years.
Pat married his sweetheart Joyce Elaine Fulton in 1966 in Kingston, Washington. They would have celebrated their 52 nd anniversary on March 5 th . Pat and Joyce raised their children, Andrea, Adriene, and Gordon in Neah Bay, where their home was opened to many other children from our community over the years.
Pat was an active member of the Assembly of God Church in Neah Bay and a chaplain for the Native American VFW.
Above all, Pat was a faithful servant of the Lord, husband, father, and grandfather, who lived a life full of love and service to others. He led by example and shared his love for Jesus, traditional knowledge of Makah culture and plants, and sports of all types with those that would take the time to listen.
Pat was preceded in death by both parents: Harry and Frances Bowechop. Brothers: Harry Jr., and Gordon Bowechop. And sister: Frances "Cots" Lyons.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce. His daughters: Andrea Winck, and Adriene Bowechop. His son: Gordon Bowechop and daughter in-law Samantha. His brothers: Leonard Bowechop (and wife Peggy), and Sidney Bowechop.His sisters: Verna Bunn and Lila Parton, as well as 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was lovingly known as Uncle Charlie to numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat had a generous heart, kind soul, and wonderful sense of humor. His legacy lives on in the lives he has touched and memories he has created. He was cherished by many and will be truly missed.
Pat was laid to rest in Neah Bay on Monday, February 26, 2018.