Charles C. Cowher, "Chuck," peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at his home in Magnolia, Texas in the arms of his daughter and wife, after a dignified and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Chuck was born on December 6, 1953 to Robert & Shirley (nee Frame) Cowher of Greenville, PA and was a graduate of Greenville High School. He went on to earn a diploma from Penn State University in Agri-Business and worked for several years at the family-owned farm equipment dealership. In 1978, Chuck moved to Houston and began his commercial cabinet and architectural millwork career, buying and selling several businesses along the way. He founded CRC/Mastercraft Inc. and was joined by partners, becoming known professionally as a highly organized and precise leader. Chuck's 3C Ranch in Brownwood, TX was a sanctuary for not only wildlife, but for family and friends. An avid outdoorsman and lifetime member of the NRA, Chuck hunted responsibly on permafrost, in the mountains and across Texas. Along with his family, Chuck camped in the wilderness, crossing the Continental Divide on both ATV and snowmobile countless times. Chuck is remembered as an upstanding, conservative and honest Christian family-man who loved listening to the blues, barbecuing and visiting with his family and friends. He was generous with his time and talents and known for his ability to fix anything and help anyone who asked. It was once said that Chuck had no gray areas, only black and white. He had a kind smile, wave or nod for everyone. Chuck is survived by his loving wife Maria (nee Leskovac) of Magnolia, TX; daughter Morgan Elpers (George Gilliland) of Magnolia; daughter Taylor Van Demarr (Josh) of Colorado Springs, CO; daughter Carly Cowher of Lubbock, TX; son Nicholas Cowher, also of Magnolia. He was affectionately known as Papa Chuck to the following children: Adriana, Brenden, Daniella, Jackson, Julie, Kelsey, Kylie, Lilly, and Mikayla. Chuck is also survived by brothers Ken (Mary Lou) Cowher of Jamestown, PA and John (Salene) Cowher of Cambridge Springs, PA. Many nieces, nephews, sister and brother in laws also survive him. The family will receive visitors from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, June 26 at Klein Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 4 P.M. at Community of Faith Church, located at 16124 Becker Road, 77447.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on June 25, 2013