Raymond G. Cowan, age 95, of Erie, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 at St. Mary's Home at Asbury Ridge. Born October 5, 1917 in Butler County he was the son of the late George A. and Bessie Domhoff Cowan. Raymond was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving our country in World War II. He was a manager for Singer Sewing Machine Company for 17 years, and was a sales and field manager for many years with Baltimore Life Insurance Company. Ray was a proud member and elder of Elmwood Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. He was a long time member of the East Erie Turners, the Gideons, and a former Odd Fellow. He also enjoyed square dancing, bowling, playing the guitar and singing with his grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Agnes Cranmer Cowan and two brothers, Harold and Loyal Cowan. Survivors include a son, Raymond "Lon" Cowan, wife Lois, of Waterford; two daughters, Patricia Weniger, of Olathe, Kan. and Helena Shamsavari, husband Kamran, of Novato, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Scott, John, and Chris Cowan, Kathleen Olds and Charles Weniger, and Shaheen and Laila Shamsavari; and eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Bessie Mae Smith, husband William, of Mount Pleasant, Pa. and Bertha Brown Brown, husband Lee, of Ocala, Fla. Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard. Further calling will be held on Tuesday at Elmwood Presbyterian Church, 2816 Elmwood Avenue from 10 a.m. until a time of a service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Raymond's family would like to especially thank the staff and doctors at St. Mary's Home at Asbury Ridge for their special care of Raymond. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Home at Asbury Ridge, 4855 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA 16506. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 21, 2013