Alex Mowery was a great man and an excellent police officer who protected thousands during his life as an honorable Army Captain and Police Officer . He is gone too soon but his memory will live on in those who knew and respected him. So long, Alex RIP.
Patrick Ahlstrom, Chief of Police, Retired
I am so honored to have worked with Alex during his tenure with the Arvada Police Department. He was a man who exhibited the utmost integrity and had a heart and soul as gentle and generous as one could ever ask for. I learned a lot from Alex during the times we worked together, most memorably on the night shifts in the mid 80s. He touched the lives of many and will be remembered fondly always. I am so deeply sorry for the family’s loss of this truly wonderful man.
Debra Arp – Commander, Arvada Police Department (Ret.)
Deepest sympathy to the Mowery family and friends.
I remember Alex fondly. He was quiet, borderline shy, alway a gentleman, and a dedicated police officer.
If memory serves me, I recall Alex was assigned to the Traffic Division when I worked in the Records Department. When I think back, I can see Alex and Bill (Bridenburg) on traffic motorcycles.
To his family and friends, please accept my sincere sympathies, we lost a very good man far too soon.
I worked with Alex during his time at Arvada P. D. He was a superb police officer who always did the right “thing” on calls for service or contacts., Alex was an outstanding trainer with even higher skill levels in firearms training. He was an avid and serious trainer who worked with each person as much as was needed.
Alex was also among the BEST field supervisors and incident commanders that I ever had the privilege to work with.
When I was the PD Commander in Administration Division I received a lot of support from him transitioning the PD to use and train at the Romney Road Law Enforcement Training Center.
He will be remembered forever in the hearts of those who worked with him. May he Rest In Peace.
John Garavaglia, Arvada P. D. Commander (ret)
As a leader, Alex was not only a coach, mentor, trainer and friend, he was one of the best street supervisors that APD has ever seen. When the stuff hit the fan, there was nobody better to follow you into a hot call. He was a positive influence in my life and on my career. Alex laughed with you ( and frequently at me LOL), cried with you, and always listened to you. Whatever you needed, Alex Mowery was there for you. He was the sheepdog FOR sheepdogs. Thank you “Uncle Al,” for everything. May God welcome you and may you rest in His Eternal Blue Light. 💙
My deepest symphonies to Alex’s family for your loss. Alex was great fellow officer and supervisor at the Arvada Police Department and will be greatly missed. I was honored to work with him for years at the Arvada Police Department.
Thank You Alex for sharing a part of your life with me. I will remember the moments we shared together, both as Police Officers and just Friends. I know that God has welcomed you into His kingdom.
Alex was a mentor and friend. In early days Alex was there to give me encouragement and advise as I learned. We shared several common interests to include skiing.
Alex and I spent a day together at the Loveland Ski area and I recall how much I enjoyed getting to know Alex on a personal level. We shared an interest in woodworking as well and he came to our home once and created a valance over a Living room window.
I visited Alex once when he lived in Georgia and he a beautiful home up on a hill with a shooting range right outside the garage/wood shop (go figure). Alex drove me around the area for a local tour and we had lunch at a local diner. It was a great day to add to my great memories! Rest In Peace my Friend!
Pat & Rita Claar, Arvada PD Retired
Alex was my best partner at the Arvada PD. We had great times patrolling the streets as well as the parties at his house. Miss him every day. My thoughts and prayers are with the Mowery family.
Alex was a true mentor, leader, and friend during my ten years at APD. Alex always looked out for young officers both off and on the job. He lead by example and earned one’s respect very quickly by his calm demeanor and professionalism. Rest in peace Alex.
Former APD Officer
Alex was always John Wayne bigger than life to me. He was a natural-born leader and always lead from the front. Alex was a friend first, but also a mentor and Teacher. I will miss him greatly. David Cantrell Arvada PD (Retired)
I first met Alex when I was assigned to the Ft. Dix Provost Marshal Office. He was the Operations Officer, the equivalent to a municipal patrol bureau commander and I was a Lieutenant under his command. During our time together he mentored and showed me how to be a better Military Police officer and I saw what it was like to work in a professionally managed police department.
After we both left active duty we stayed in touch, and I knew that when the time came for me to transition to a City Police department, that I would come to Arvada PD, because if that department was able to meet Alex’s standards, then it was going to be a place I could work for. And it was.
During our time at APD, I saw the same Alex that I watched at Ft. Dix. Someone who could be demanding of his fellow officers and subordinates, but also someone that could be friends to anyone and everyone, and who would do whatever it took to ensure that you did the best job that you could. Alex would always do what it took to ensure the job was done right, that everyone was safe and went home that night. Even though Alex retired form APD over 20 years ago, there are still people working there that knew him, respected him and learned from him. And for those reasons Alex still lives on at APD and his legacy will continue for years to come.
While I’m sorry that you are gone and I miss you greatly, I know we had great times and memories together and I’m glad that you are resting easy now and are in a far better place. RIP my friend and I hope to see you again in the future.
Frank Oschmann, Arvada PD Sergeant, retired
Alex was my Corporal during the time we worked together. His smile lit up the room when he walked in. He was a great mentor to me and I learned how to be the best Arvada Police Officer I could. He was a friend to all of the patrol officers who were lucky to have him as their supervisor. He will be missed by those who knew him. Rest in Peace Alex.
I was extremely fortunate to have had Alex as a Field Training Officer in 1982. Alex was a great mentor, supervisor and friend. He taught me much more than Police work.
I miss his friendship and BBQ.
Rest in Peace Alex.
Alex played a pivotal role in shaping my career as a police officer. He was demanding but freely gave invaluable guidance and support. He was a wonderful role model and mentor. I will always be grateful for Alex’s presence in my life.
A great man, warrior, mentor and cop!
I’ll never forget the positive influence you had on my life.
RIP my friend!
It’s hard to say goodby to yet another APD Brother, These many tributes says it all, Alex was indeed a special person. I was one of many who had the good fortune to work with Alex. As a Watch Commander you were lucky to have Alex on your team, no matter the crisis, and there were some big ones, if Alex was on the scene you knew that things would be
handled and handled well. Thanks for being there Alex!
Jeff Waller, Commander A.P.D. – retired
So long Uncle Alex…
When I came to APD so long ago in 1985, for some reason there was no Sgt on graves, thus you were my first supervisor. You scared the daylights out of me and allowed me to prove myself to you and the others on the shift. I think I passed the test because you later helped me build Adirondack chairs for my deck. That is a fond memory I will always cherish. I had to always tell Don Pinover he was my favorite supervisor to help his self-esteem, but really Alex, you were the best of the best. Long live the memory of our Uncle Alex!
I will always cherish my friendship with Alex. All the times he thought I was “nuts” and all the times I thought he was “nuts”. The years working together on swings and graves, handling whatever came down the road and doing the best that we could.
Rest in peace my friend.
Dave Everett, Corporal APD (retired)
I will always cherish my friendship with Alex. All the times that he thought I was “nuts” and all the times I thought he was “nuts” . Working those years on swings and graves, handling whatever came down the road and doing the best that we could.
Rest in Peace, my friend.
Dave Everett, Corporal – APD (retired)
Loved working for Alex and making him laugh (sometimes on purpose!). I remember working graves he would have everyone to his house and we would eat and watch movies.
Excellent supervisor, solid in his work ethic and integrity, and an all around good guy. He is the type of person about who they say say ‘They don’t make ‘em like that any more.’
My sincere condolences. May you find comfort knowing “ All those in the memorial tombs will . . . come out.”—John 5:28, 29.
God remembers the dead; those in his memory will come back to life.
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Walter Alexander “Alex” Mowery, 73, passed away in Evansville, Indiana on January 12, 2021. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Callie Geraldine (Griffin) Mowery and Luther Joseph Mowery on February 7, 1947.
He served our country as a Captain in the United States Army. During his time in the service, he received several US Army Commendations including: National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Service, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Service Medal, Overseas Services Bar for the years 1965, 1968, and 1970, Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Bronze Star Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received several badges including: Sharpshooter-M60, Marksman-M14E2, Expert-M14, and Expert-M16. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Criminal Justice and became a police officer for the Arvada Colorado Police Department, where he served as a corporal. He loved serving and protecting his community. Above all else, he loved and cared for his family deeply.
Alex is survived by his brother Jonathan (Sandy) Mowery; his sisters, Star and Talitha Mowery, his niece, Amy Mowery of Tennessee and her children; Forrest Mowery and Grace, Lillian, and Olivia Dengler; his niece Beth (Dexter) Russell of Mason, Ohio and their children; Wilson, Emmaline, Clara, and Davis; his niece, Stacey Burns of Tega Cay, South Carolina and her children; Kyah and Camden Fuqua; his friend, Greg Young and his family of Evansville, Indiana; and his friends from the Arvada Police Department that he formerly served with, Frank Oschmann, Dave Everett, and Rich Glenn.
Alex is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Luther Joseph Mowery III.
Services will be held at 1:30pm (EST) on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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