On July 31st, 2021, our father, James Richard Cowan Sr, left this earth to join our brother, Robert Earl Cowan, in Heaven. There to greet him were those who had gone on before to meet the Lord: his father, William Baxter Cowan; mother, Juanita McGrew Cowan; sister, Patsy Lauer; brother, Donald Cowan, his grandparents and other family members.
Dad is survived by brothers, Bill (wife Mary), Robert (wife Mildred), Johnny, and Kenny (wife Natalie); sons, James “Ricky” (wife Kirsty), Russell (wife Jacque), Mikey (fiancé Kendra); daughter Missy (husband Clay Hairell); Grandchildren, Kristyn (husband Brenton), Nathaniel, William (fiancé Hannah), Matt, Cameron, Jenna, Sadie Ann, Caleb, Charlie, Mattie Joe and Olin James; Great Grandchildren, Asianna, Isaiah, Jonah, and honorary grandchild, his youngest niece, Skylar, along with numerous family members including cousins, nephews and nieces across the State of Texas.
Dad was born May 27th, 1947 at home, in the Midway community, between Yoakum and Shiner, Texas.
As a youth, dad worked for his father, along with his brothers and sister, on the family farm picking cotton, raising crops, and tending to the animals. Later in his late teens, dad was drafted into the military and was eager to serve; however, his vision impairment prevented him from serving the country he deeply loved. Although Dad worked around the state managing TG&Y stores, he returned to Midway, where he was blessed with five children throughout his life.
After the tragic loss of our brother many years ago, dad took that pain and made sure that his children knew how he felt about them.
The summary of our father’s life is easily conveyed through this simple, yet profoundly true observation: Never will you meet a man, who more faithfully devoted his life to “family man” values, like our father. Dad epitomized being a family man by pouring himself into his loved ones. His success was not measured in material things, but by being present and available for anyone, at any time day or night. He was especially proud of his family and made sure that each of us knew just how proud and loved we were. Although Dad had failing health, he pushed through his discomforts to be present, oftentimes to watch his grandkids play sports and he was their biggest fan.
Our father first worked as a store manager at TG&Y but was a brilliant mechanic and later served as a maintenance mechanic at Zachary for 32-years before retirement. This occupation defined who dad was. He was methodical. Problem solver, great communicator, great work ethic, always willing to learn.
His teaching methods were simple: He taught by example. At any age, when faced with a dilemma, any of us could find ourselves coming back to one simple question: what would Dad do? We often spoke with him over the years as we personally faced various trials and tribulations. He always made himself available and made sure that each of us were well prepared to think for ourselves. For that, we are forever grateful for his guidance.
He loved music and listening to classic country or doo-wop from the 1960’s. Humor was the best medicine and he always had a joke or funny story to tell. He was passionate about his old Ford Galaxy. Dad enjoyed sitting on the porch doing crossword puzzles and exploring the vast world of the internet from his computer. However, spending time with family and attending the games of his grandchildren and other family members’ children is what brought him the most joy. Always a familiar face on the sidelines to those family members participating in sports, that face will be missed.
Dad wished to be cremated and laid to rest in the Shiner cemetery, so that family could come and remember him. He wanted to be near the roar of the crowds gathered at the ball fields, and not be too far from the bright lights which he enjoyed so much.
A graveside service will be held in Shiner, TX. at the Shiner Cemetery on August 14th, at 6 pm. The family wishes to invite all family and friends to attend the graveside service.