Donald Wayne Cowan

Died: Sun., Feb. 3, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 08, 2013
Location: Prugh's Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 09, 2013
Location: Prugh's Chapel

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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

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steve coffin
   Posted Mon February 04, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of dons passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Pam and Dave Rogula
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Dear Betty, Sandy, Andrea, Chris and all of your family.

Our hearts are breaking with you in such a BIG loss of one so precious. We truly do understand the depth of your grief. Losing a parent, a father, is one of life's most difficult events. We walk with you on this journey of grief you have begun. God holds you up and wraps you in His quilt of love and comfort and peace. Love never dies and life goes on in another realm. He will be watching over you along with your beloved Dennis . Hugs and love and prayers, Pam and Dave

Barb Glendening
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Sandy and family so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Huury back Sandy

Sheri Johnson
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
I am so very sorry about Don's passing. I knew Don from C & E where he was highly respected and admired. He was such an asset to the community and will be missed. I will keep all of his family in my heart and prayers....

Robin Hensen
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
Sandy, Chris and Andrea,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Don. He and Betty were a part of Jay's younger years and they were wonderful people to know. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Ann Gerst
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
So sorry to learn of Don's death. I sure will miss seeing him at the grocery store. He was always so nice to me.

Linda Nielsen
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Sandy...thinking of you and your family.

Mark and Colette Fisher
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Sandy, Andrea, Chris, and Betty,
We are deeply saddened by your loss. We know how much Don meant to all of you. May the wonderful memories you shared and your deep faith in life everlasting be a source of comfort to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kate Fisher-Walz
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
I loved "Grandpa Cowan" more than words could ever express. The sweet way he would always touch my shoulder, smile at me, give me warm hugs/tender embraces, and call me "kid," will remain in my thoughts, memories, and my heart truly forever. He will be missed for the many talents/gifts that he brought to this world. I will never forget the yummy jams/jellies he made and all of his wonderful craft projects. The many rugs that adorn his grandson/my husband, Christopher, and my house will remain a constant reminder to us of his many wonderful gifts/talents. I will always love and remember "Grandpa Cowan" and he will remain in my heart truly forever.

Brad Hart
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
I read once that "death is the end of a lifetime, not the end of a relationship." Don will continue to be with you in so many your memories of times with him and in the many ways he will continue to influence your life. There will be times when you'll wonder..."what would Don do?" or "what would Don want me to do?" Your relationship with Don will be different, of course, but you'll still have a deep relationship with him always. All my best, Brad

Richard and Loretta Poindexter
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
Betty, Sandy and all the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Don was a very kind and caring person. May your wonderful memories of good times get you through this difficult time.

Kelli Bonar
   Posted Sat February 09, 2013
I am SO SORRY. I don't subscribe to the Hawkeye and had no idea that your father had passed. I am so very sorry because I know how close you were to him. I am thinking about you today my birthday sister....luv ya!!!!

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