Welcome to the memorial page for

Donald Wayne Cowan

February 3, 2013


February 8, 2013

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Prugh's Chapel
Burlington, IA
Funeral Service
February 9, 2013

11:00 AM
Prugh's Chapel
Burlington, IA


Donald Wayne Cowan, 85, of Burlington, died at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa, on Sunday, February 3, 2013.

Born on July 7, 1927 in Mt Pulaski, Illinois, he was the son of Wallace L. and Leah Frances Kerschner Cowan. He married Betty Jane Callicotte on November 19, 1949 in Burlington, Iowa.

Donald served in the U.S. Navy and saw action in World War II. He graduated from Bradley University with a BS in Business Administration. Donald had an excellent singing voice and sang in both the U.S. Naval Choir and the Bradley University Choir. He worked at Chittenden Eastman for 35 years and served on the Board of Directors. He also worked at Stewarts Clothing, Kleins Clothing and Firestone Tire. Donald enjoyed yard work, rug making, sewing walker bags and handy work. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as Elder.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Sandy Walz of Burlington, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Mary Cowan of Kansas City, Missouri; four granddaughters, Andrea (Duane) Walz Hartman of Coralville, Iowa, Jessica Geisel of Kansas City, Missouri, Samantha Cowan of Fairway, Kansas and Meg Cowan of Kansas City, Missouri; two grandsons, Christopher (Kate) Walz of Ottumwa, Iowa and Joseph Geisel V of Chicago, Illinois; one great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Hartman of Coralville, Iowa; two brothers, David (Susan) Cowan of Nashville, Tennessee and Rev. Douglas (Denise) Cowan of Rochelle, Illinois; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Darwin Cowan; and one son, Dr. Dennis Cowan.

Funeral services for Donald Wayne Cowan will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. Rev. Douglas Cowan will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa. Military rites will be conducted by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call after 8:00 a.m. on Friday with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Prugh’s Chapel. A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice. Condolences may be left at www.prughfuneralservice.com.

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