DOWBUSH, Ronald Michael

Reverend Ronald Michael Dowbush passed into the presence of his Lord, Friday, September 24, 2021 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rose, his daughters Valerie Stanley, Rev. Debbie Kunst (Robert), Laura Pahl (Darrel), Michelle Carlsen (Robert) and his son Rev. Bruce Dowbush (Dawn), as well as 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

Born in Mundare, Alberta, on November 12, 1931, Reverend Dowbush became a preacher with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada at a young age within the Slavic Branch, then soon transferred into the German Branch when he accepted a country pastorate near Thorsby. After nearly a decade and moving the country church into a new building in town within the English branch, Pastor Dowbush took a pastorate in Prince George, B.C. Five years later he moved to Delta, B.C. to pastor and build yet another church building. From Delta, he moved to Surrey and established a new church known as New Life Assembly, before temporarily leaving pastoral duties to do international work in Ukraine as it emerged from behind the “Iron Curtain”.

Rev. Dowbush is remembered for serving his community with long terms on Delta Police Commission, as a Provincial Parole Board Officer, and community leader.

Ron was busy supplying pulpit ministry to churches in transition before he and Rose returned to Alberta and settled in Edmonton. Ron’s final pastorate was in Innisfail, AB., where he retired and was residing at the time of his death.

A private interment will be held on Saturday, October 2nd.

He is dearly missed by many, but by none more than his family. A public service of remembrance will be announced in the coming days.

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Daryl and Vangie Sader

Debbie, we loved your dad and enjoyed his enthusiasm for the Lord’s work. Our prayers are with you at this time.

Naomi Jenner

I remember my first church service and at 11 or 12 felt overwhelmed to raise my hand when he asked if there was anyone who wanted to give their heart to heart to Jesus. From that time I was on a journey. Mrs Dowbush prayed as I received the gift of the Holy Spirit and Debbie brought me into her home and loved all over me thus my first born is named after hers. Forever grateful amd will always honour his legacy in me. To him who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine according to Hos power within us. Eph 3:20

simpson michelle

Oh so sorry Rose for your loss- I am so happy I connected with you so recently and was able to share the great memories of Ron in Moose Lake Bible Camp. It was so many years ago but such fond memories of young teens in Camp and what a blessing Ton was to all of us. May God keep you and comfort you in your time of sadness.

Anna and Jason Pilisko

Our deepest sympathies to Rose and the rest of Uncle Ron’s loving family.
We will always cherish our wedding day when Uncle Ron stepped in last minute to perform our ceremony back in 2007. We are so grateful that our union started with his words, love and light.

Gene & Lynne Diakow

Our condolences to the Dowbush family. Ron was our first pastor in Delta, B.C.. Very fond memories from those days.

Valerie Wood

A dedicated man who could move mountains but he moved my heart towards .God.
Even not said, loved you and will miss you.
My prayers are for the family who know that he is in Glory but will miss his physical presence.
God will never leave you he is our comforter.

Phyllis Walz

Our heart felt condolences to Rose and all the family. May the peace of the Lord be with all.

Brian Pierson

Pastor Dowbush was our 1st Pastor and he took all of us hippies in in 1974. He was our spiritual father and exactly who we needed to love us, teach us and see us through our early years as new converts. Ron & Rose and their family were and are very special to us. So many incredible memories . I can’t thank him enough. His booming voice, his love for Jesus and his confidence in us, set the course for our lives. He is where we all desire to be one day. Face to face w Jesus. He was a great man and always had our backs even when we stumbled. I cannot express my gratitude enough for his life and ministry . Even I sat Well done thou good and faithful servant. Heavens gain and our loss…until we meet again!

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