Last formal picture of Derek
Derek Lavalle Bowers
January 16, 1959 - July 10, 2007
In late January 2007, Rick learned he had developed pancreatic cancer and that it had already progressed to the critical Stage IV of the TNM staging system, a cancer severity scale, meaning that it had spread to surrounding organs. Over the next several months he put up a brave and noble fight, enduring unimaginable pain while managing to remain hopeful about a possible full or partial recovery. But the disease is viciously cruel and relentless, and he succumbed on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 12:30am. As per his wishes, his body was cremated and the ashes spread under the tall pines on the grounds of his Mill Creek, Washington home. He is missed with great heartache.
Below is Rick's obituary as published in the Journal Star (Peoria, IL) newspaper on July 18, 2007:
Derek Bowers Obituary