Elmer Leroy Cowan (1919 - 2014)

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Elmer Leroy Cowan, 95, a resident of Anderson Oaks Assisted Living, Conway, S.C., formerly of Middlesex Township, Valencia, passed away June 1, 2014, at Conway Medical Center, Conway, S.C.
Born March 27, 1919, in Union Township, Jefferson County, he was one of 12 children born to A. Leason Cowan and Bertha Elvira Stahlman Cowan.
He was the beloved husband of M. Pauline Hughes Cowan for 64 years, who preceded him in death as did Baby Lynn in 1948.
He is survived by his three children: Twila M. Cowan of Panama City Beach, Fla., Arlene W. Pate of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Arden R. Cowan of Stevensville, Mont.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and one sister, Nellie Beer of DuBois.
After high school graduation in 1936, Elmer went to Texas for work; married Pauline in 1940; served as a U.S. Navy Carpenters Mate 2nd Class building the Alcan Highway, Alaska. As Superintendent of Construction, he built bridges on the Ohio and Pennsylvania turnpikes and Highway 79.
His church affiliation was Mars Missionary Alliance, where he taught Sunday School and, in retirement, helped blueprint and build the Mars Missionary Alliance Church and parsonage.
Elmer was a lifelong member of the Grange, which is where he met his wife, Pauline. He was an avid hunter and an accomplished beekeeper and organic gardener. He became a Volunteer Fire Police for Middlesex Township at the age of 80.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , 2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130, Charleston, SC 29407.
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Published in The Courier Express from June 11 to June 18, 2014
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