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Frank Cowden, Jr Frank Cowden, Jr., a loving husband and father, died peacefully Saturday, October 14, 2006, in Midland, Texas. Frank was a fourth generation rancher, a graduate of Midland High School (1936) and New Mexico Military Institute (1938) where he was a member of the polo team. He served four years in the Army Air Corps as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Crew chief) on P-38 aircraft. His tour of duty included 26 months in England, Africa and Italy during World War II. Frank was born May 11, 1919, in Midland to Frank and Gladys Holt Cowden and attended Midland Schools. He lived in Midland and at the M Bar ranch founded by his grandfather Fred Cowden. After his military service, he returned to Midland and married June Wilkinson of Tuscola on December 8, 1945. He raised cattle and horses on the M Bar and Cross Bar Ranches and became active in civic and community service. He loved Hereford cattle, quarter horses and fly fishing in Colorado. As a member of First Baptist Church of Midland, he served on numerous committees and capital campaigns and ushered at the 11:00 a.m. service for over 45 years. Frank was Vice-President for Administration of the Executive Board of the Buffalo Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, received the Silver Beaver Award given for distinguished service in the Scout program, and was the recipient of the Boy Scouts' first Distinguished Citizen's Award for exceptional community service in December 1989. He was inducted into the Haley Library Hall of Fame in September 2000, and is a recipient of the Midland High School Distinguished Graduate Award. Frank served as the first President of the Directors of Midland Memorial Hospital and was also a Trustee of Midland Memorial Hospital and a member of the Board of Governors. Frank has worked with the educational community of Midland serving as an elected school board member and a member of the Bi-Racial Study to Desegregate the Midland Public Schools in the 1950's and was a member of the Midland College Foundation Board. Frank was a Director of the First National Bank of Midland for 24 years and a past Director of Midland Savings and Loan Association, a director of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and was a board member of the United Way. He was a past president of the Midland Fair and Rodeo Association, and past Chairman and Director of Midland County, Texas Beef Council. He served on the board of the Midland Y.M.C.A. and is a former president of the Midland Country Club and the Midland Racquet Cub. He is a Master Mason. He is survived by his wife June; sister, Elizabeth Walter Keeney; his daughter, Linda Cowden; his son, Jim and wife Chris of Austin; his grandchildren, Hunter Isbell and wife Liz of Tuscola, Allison Isbell of Midland and Carter and Avery Cowden of Austin; and two great-granddaughters, Mallory and Marcy Isbell of Tuscola. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Courtney Cowden of Midland. The family wishes to thank the following for their loving care of Frank, Lee Swearengin, Emma Saucedo, Angela Barela, Armida Montoya, Terry Nunez, Mary Arocho, Dr. Richard Reese and Staci Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be the James Department of First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Midland Memorial Foundation, 2200 West Illinois, Midland, TX 79701; Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts of America, 1101 West Texas, Midland, TX 79701; First Baptist Church Building Fund, 2104 W. Louisiana, Midland, TX 79701; or to a charity of your choice. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Newnie Ellis Funeral Home. Graveside services will be Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery followed by a memorial service at First Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Ellis Funeral Home, Midland
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 16, 2006
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