Leslie A. "Les" Gowthrop

Born: Fri., Dec. 29, 1950
Died: Fri., Apr. 10, 2015


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 14, 2015
Location: Angola Christian Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Apr. 15, 2015
Location: Angola Christian Church

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Leslie A. “Les” Gowthrop, 64, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015 surrounded by his family at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born December 29, 1950 in Steuben County and raised by Rex and Marguerite (Eyster) Gowthrop.  He married Karen S. Hagerty on August 31, 1974.            

He was a painter and worked at Trine University.

Les was a member of the Angola Christian Church and former superintendent for the Steuben County 4-H Rabbit Barn.

He served his country in the US Army and was a member of the Angola American Legion Post 31.

He enjoyed working in the yard, mowing, NASCAR, going to car auctions, sports especially watching the Trine University girl’s softball games.  He was an artist and enjoyed drawing and painting.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Surviving are his loving wife Karen S. Gowthrop of Pleasant Lake; two daughters Krissie (Jason Hutter) Gowthrop of Angola and Karrie (Lee Jay) Randol of Howe; two brothers Rick (Liz) Gowthrop of Savannah, Georgia and Michael Gowthrop of Angola; four grandchildren Keaton Fleeman, Makala Gowthrop, Colton Fleeman and Keylee Fleeman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Stan Gowthrop.

Services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Angola Christian Church with Pastor Jim Hulbert and Pastor John Coney officiating.  Military honors will be immediately following the service at the church by the Angola American Legion Post 31.

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Angola Christian Church.

Burial will be at a later date in the Pleasant Lake Cemetery.

Charitable donations may be made in Leslie's memory to the following organization:

Lake James Christian Assembly for the Summer Camp Program
1880 W. 275 N., Angola, IN 46703
Tel: 260-833-2786

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Mary Jo and Don Light
   Posted Sun April 12, 2015
We will always remember Les for his great smile, wonderful sense of humor and big heart.
And he'll forever be remembered as the "Magical Santa" that knew Nikki's name (without even asking) so many years ago at the Angola Downtown Christmas. We didn't find out until a couple of weeks later that it had been Les in the Santa suit. Thanks for the magic, Les!

Pete and Linda Decker
   Posted Sun April 12, 2015
Dear Karen and family, We are sorry for your loss and ours too. Les was such a happy fun guy. He will be missed by all at ACC. We know he's in good company and feeling much better. Our prayer are with you all.

Linda & Pete

Carrie Murden
   Posted Sun April 12, 2015
Our Dear Friends, Karen, Krissie, and Karrie.
We are so sorry for the loss of Les. He was one of the greatest men we know. Loved his sense of humor. We will miss him. R.I.P. Les.
Love to all and God Bless you

Mark and Libby Meston
   Posted Sun April 12, 2015
Our hearts are saddened by the passing of Les.... Sending so much love and positive prayers your way. We are here if you need anything.
I will forever remember that big smile of his.

Bob & Rosanne Johnson
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Please know our prayers are with Les and all of you. God Bless.

Pamela Redman
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
Dear Krissie, Karrie and Karen

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know your dad that well but glad I got the chance to. He was always so happy when ever I saw him. He was a kind and gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you Krissie.

Kathy dowidat Bowles
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
Karen, krissie, karrie and families,
My heart aches right along with yours. The confusion and why question we will never know. We don't question God's plans, but it so hard to understand His plans sometimes. He is building His kingdom and needed les up there to start painting the mansion! I'm sorry, I won't be able to attend Les' service. My grandson is graduating boot camp in Georgia. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Grief is a very personal thing, don't let anyone rush you and tell you to get over it, you will never get over it. A huge part of your life and heart is gone and it leaves a hole that can never be filled. They say time heals, don't believe them but as long as you seek guidance in the Lord and with loved ones around it will get better. It will never be the same though. I love all of you all and I pray that Our Heavenly Father wraps His everlasting arms around you and comforts you in the seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months and years to come. Know that he's smiling down at you and is saying I'm fine and I will save a seat for you when your time is over on this earth and then we will have eternity to spend together rejoicing in the light of Our Lord. Love ya, in my prayers.

Kris Crowl
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
I'm so sad to hear of his passing! Someday we will meet again.
He always joked around and brightened our day. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire"....remember that from the rabbit shows Karen? He will be missed by many people he was a heck of a nice person to all and won't be forgotten!

Scott Gilbert
   Posted Mon April 13, 2015
Les was my older cousin and always treated me great when I was a kid. I have a lot of happy memories of him and am sad about his passing. I'll always remember his wonderful smile.

Gary and Violet Ritter
   Posted Tue April 14, 2015
Karen and family - We are praying for you and your family at this time of your loss. May God help you during this hard time.

sam steiner
   Posted Mon April 20, 2015
So sorry to hear of Les's passing, I was so glad to see him before he passed and see the smile on his face as we reminisced of things we did when we were kids. I will always remember his last words to me, "I'll see you on the other side" To me those are words of comfort. May God truly give you comfort at this time.

Sam and Kay Steiner

Sheryl Clifton
   Posted Sun May 10, 2015
We are very sorry for your family's loss, and will really miss Les at the rabbit show, he was my children's 4-h rabbit barn superintendent for many years. He really touched a lot of lives. Keeping your family in our prayers

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