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James S. Cowell

1956 - 2017
James S. Cowell Obituary
James S. Cowell
LACON - Jim Cowell, 60, of Lacon passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, after a courageous two-year battle with leukemia, with his family by his side.
Jim was born on December 30, 1956, in Peoria, Illinois, to John "Jack" and Ruth (Buck) Cowell.
Jim worked for Thompson Electronics Company for 23 years and was a member of the IBEW for 33 years, where he taught apprenticeship classes and acted as an exam proctor. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, bowler and mushroom hunter. As a passionate conservationist, he was a member of IRVCG, NWTF, PF and DU. Jim was a true animal lover and leaves behind his beloved beagle, Jack, whose picture kept vigil at his bedside in his final days.
On March 20, 1999, Jim married his best friend, teammate and soulmate, Ruthann (Fischer) Cowell, who, with the utmost grace and devotion, cared for him throughout his fight with cancer. Never ones to settle, Jim and Ruthann waited a long time to find each other and knew how lucky and rare their love was. They will forever be bound.
Jim will be remembered as a kind, gentle, unselfish and fiercely loyal man – one of strong character and few words. He chose his words carefully and punctuated conversations with wit, insight and his special brand of humor. He took particular pride in being an uncle and mentor to his nephew, T.J.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ruthann Cowell of Lacon; his mother, Ruth Cowell of Lacon; his siblings, Margie Deffenbaugh of Lacon, Tim (Harriet) Cowell of Lacon, Amy (Tony) Sloan of Washburn, Kim Cowell Light of Delavan and Tammy Turner of Lacon; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Cowell; and his brother, John Cowell.
The family will receive friends at a visitation on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The funeral will held at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home on Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour preceding. After burial, dinner will be held at the Lacon Community Center.
Donations can be made to IRVCG or Illinois CancerCare in Peoria.


Published in Peoria Journal Star from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2017
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