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Obituary: Sam Cowan, 85, Adair Co., KY native

Mr. Cowan was a member of a large, respected Adair County family. He leaves many relatives here. He is survived by 55 living descendants. He was retired from Bunn-o-Matic and was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and will be buried in Illinois with full military honors.

Samuel Cowan, 85, Pleasant Plains, IL, died Sunday, August 23, 2009, in Memorial Medical Center in Illinois.

The funeral service will be Thursday, August 27, at 11:00amCT, at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home, 30 N 5th ST, Springfield, IL, with Rev. L. Wayne Mollohan officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Plains Cemetery, Cartwright ST, in Pleasant Plains, IL, with full military honors by Petersburg VFW. Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, from 4:00-7:00pmCT.

Samuel Cowan, Adair Co., KY native (January 5, 1924 -August 23, 2009)

Samuel Cowan was a native of Adair County, KY, the son of the late Walker and Dorothy Burton Cowan. He died in Illinois on August 23, 2009, at the age of 85 years, 7 months, and 18 days.

He was a member of the Ashland First Baptist Church, and was retired from Bunn-o-Matic. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Pleasant Plains American Legion.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Willis Cowan; three brothers, Cassius, W.T. and Kenny Cowan; and three sisters, Carol Luttrell, Peggy Fudge, and Patricia Montgomery.

He is survived by the following:
  • hree sons: Brad Cowan, Pleasant Plains, IL; Steve Cowan, New Berlin, IL; and Tim Cowan, Springfield, IL

  • Six daughters: Barbara Blakeman, Gail Roberts, and Dottie Smock, all of Ashland, IL; Bonnie Sinclair, Petersburg, IL; Debbie Mullinix, Jacksonville, IL; and Stacey Skeeters, Springfield, IL

  • Eight brothers: Vaughn, Roger, Phillip, Darrell, Calvin, and Leonard Cowan, all of Columbia, KY; Clifton Cowan, Russell Springs, KY; and Donnie Cowan, Campbellsville, KY

  • Four sisters: Dora Ames, Petersburg, IL; Gertrude Burton, Tallula, IL; Leoda Curry and Glenna Cowan, both of Columbia, KY

  • Twenty-one grandchildren

  • Twenty-five great grandchildren

  • Many nieces, nephews, and other relatives
Memorials are suggested to Ashland First Baptist Church, American Red Cross, or Alzheimer's Association.

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