Michael Cowdery

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Michael Cowdery, 57, died April 15, 2009, with his family at his side, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a long battle with lung disease. A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Christian Community. Pastor Bob Sloan will officiate. A reception will be at 1 p.m. at Pancho's Villa Restaurant. Mike was born July 6, 1951, to Jay and Ellen Dean Cowdery in Torrance, Calif. In 1964, the family moved to Anchorage, where Mike made his home. Mike worked for Bering Sea Originals as a manager and then retired from the Anchorage School District after 30 years as building plant operator, finishing at Inlet View Elementary. He enjoyed doing projects for the kids and especially playing Santa. Mike said that the best years of his life were spent at the family cabin on the Kenai River. It was there that he taught his son and pride and joy, John Michael, how to fish. Together they fished out of the canal next to the family cabin for red salmon and when he'd "caught them all" as he would say, he'd jump in the boat with John Michael and brother Sam and fish for kings and silvers on the river. At the cabin, Mike spent long hours smoking and canning fish, and when the fish weren't biting he enjoyed playing Yahtzee and Aggravation with the family. His family said, "We will miss Mike's kind and generous heart and his sense of humor." Mike's last wish was to help make others aware of the consequences of smoking. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Ellen Dean Cowdery; his paternal grandparents, Dave and Opal Shell; maternal grandparents, George and Mary Ellen Sweeden; and brothers, David Myers and Gary Cowdery. Mike is survived by his son, John Michael Cowdery; brother, Jay "Sam" Cowdery; sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Edgar Curtis; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mike's name to either the American Lung Association, or to Genesis Recovery Services, 2825 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK 99515. Arrangements are with Cremation Society of Alaska.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2009