Thomas C. "Tom" Gowans, 71, of Overland Park, KS, and formerly of Sedalia, MO, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at his home after a long illness.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at D.W. Newcomer's Sons, Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66210. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. before services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Stanley,14895 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS 66221.
He was born April 11, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Neil and Louise (Collister) Gowans. He grew up in Hams Prairie, Missouri and attended school in Fulton, Missouri.
Tom served in the U.S. Army, First Calvary, in Korea, and was a life-time member of the V.F.W.
He attended Lincoln University after his time in military service. He was blessed with many life-long friends.
In 1964, he married Betty L. Twitchell, who survives of the home; also surviving is daughter, Julia R. Martinez; son-in-law, Pete Martinez; and grandson, Benjamin Martinez; and one brother, Allen Gowans, of Fulton, MO.
Mr. Gowans was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers: Alec, Ernest and Bill Gowans.