By The Mercury

James Ford Bowen, 39, of Topeka, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, from injuries sustained in a car accident during the early morning hours of Aug. 4.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born Oct. 1, 1974, in Painesville, Ohio, to James Gary Bowen and Susan Jean Fink (Wahl). He was also the stepson of Jerry Joseph Fink.

James spent his childhood in Ohio, putting his exuberant energy and adventurous spirit into playing Little League baseball, football and riding his bicycle through his grandmother’s garden. As a teenager, he brought his enthusiasm for meeting new people and exploring new places to Wamego, where he worked for eight years as a meat cutter for Dyer’s IGA.

He was an incredibly talented artist, whether he was using a pen and paper to create portraits that came to life, seemingly jumping off the sketchpad; or in the kitchen, concocting flavor combinations that turned even the most basic meal into a masterpiece.

James is survived by three children, Logan Bowen of Akron, Ohio, Chloe Margheret of Kirtland, Ohio, and James Fink (Bowen) of Paxico. He is also survived by one grandson, Broden Margheret of Kirtland, Ohio; his mother, Susan Fink, and stepfather, Jerry, of Paxico; grandfather, Robert Meinhardt of Paxico; sister, Melinda Litsinger and her husband, James, of Ravenna, Ohio; sister, Monica Fink of Topeka; sister, Allison Padgett and her husband, William, of Plains; and four nephews and nieces, Perry, Ashley, Jordan and Kinsley.

He was preceded in death by his father, James G. Bowen; grandfather and namesake, James F. Bowen; grandmother, Helen F. Bowen; grandfather, William L. Wahl; and grandmother, Beulah E. Meinhardt.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the First Baptist Church, 1911 Grandview Drive, Wamego.

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