CHATHAM - Ronald Dean Cowan of Chatham died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with pancreatic necrosis. He was born on November 3, 1948 in Herrin, Illinois to Proctor and Irene Watson Cowan. He married Georgia Lynn Roberts on June 3, 1972.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved son Dustin.
Ron was raised in Southern Illinois and graduated from Carterville High School. He served in Okinawa and Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer in the K-9 Unit. He attended Lincoln Land Community College and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Illinois State University. He was employed with Ameren CILCO for 33 years and for many years was a Crew Leader in Gas Construction. He was a member of the IBEW Local 51.
Ron believed that family and friends were most important in life. He was an incredibly loving family man. His family describes him as generous, fun, patient, and kind. Ron enjoyed the outdoors, working in his strawberry patch and vegetable garden, and most of all, crappie fishing at Otter Lake and Crab Orchard Lake. He also enjoyed coaching his son's youth basketball and baseball teams for many years. Ron had a cheerful disposition and a wonderful smile.
Ron will be greatly missed by his wife, Lynn; daughter, Addie (husband, Matt) Mayfield of Springfield; sister, Brenda (husband, Larry) Harp; brother, Steve (wife, Marianne) Cowan; nephews Grant (wife, Melanie) Harp and Chris (wife, Erica) Cowan; nieces Jill (husband, Johnny) Outland and Tierney Cowan (fiancé Kelly Cole) all of Carterville, IL. He will also be deeply missed by his Mother and Father-In-Law, George and Emma Roberts; sister-in-laws, Susan (husband, Mark) Skaggs; Cindy (husband, Jim) Woodyard all of Chatham; Alley (husband, David) Pence of Springfield; nephew Jason (wife, Jaime) Skaggs of Chatham; niece Laura Woodyard of New York City; great-nephews, Jabe Outland and Jesse Harp; great-nieces Jada Outland, Preslie Cole, Ashlyn and Sophie Skaggs; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 4-7pm Friday, March 8, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. Funeral ceremony will be at 11am Saturday, March 9 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery with the Interveterans' Burial Detail of Sangamon County conducting military honors.
Please make contributions:
The National Pancreas Foundation website: pancreasfoundation.org
101 Federal Street, Suite 1900 Boston, MA 02110
The Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP website: springfieldangelofhope.org
PO Box 9714 Springfield, IL 62791-9714
Staab Polk Memorial Home, www.staabpolk.com Chatham, is serving the Cowan family.