Winfield Jay "Bill" Cowger, 71, passed away at his home Saturday, March 8, 2014, with his wife by his side.
Bill was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Sutherland, Neb. He was raised in North Platte, Neb. While in high school, he was a meat cutter for Safeway.
In 1961, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves, and at the time of discharge in 1966, he was a sergeant E5, and ammo handler with a Sharpshooter Badge. In 1963, he started working for the UPRR. He retired in 2005 after 42 years.
He married Linda Gardner in 1967, and they divorced in 1984. He then married Bea Winslow in 1984, and they would have celebrated their 30th anniversary in September.
Bill was a Christian.
He enjoyed gardening, yardwork, remodeling and woodwork. He refurbished his 1967 Mustang and was happiest when he was helping others.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bea Cowger of Pocatello; three daughters, Cathi (Brett) Johnson of Idaho Falls, Christy (Joe) Reardon of Bradford, N.H., and Camille (Sam Clark) Cowger of Pocatello; one son, Matthew (Rachael) Cowger of Idaho Falls; one sister, Wanda (Ron) Malone of O'Fallon, Mo.; two stepsons, Tom (Chris) Winslow of St. Cloud, Fla., and Ken (Cathy) Winslow of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Winfield C. and Bernice C. Cowger.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave. in Pocatello. Friends may gather at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at a later date at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Condolences can be made to the family online at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.