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Joseph (Leon) McGowan, 77, Russell Springs, KY (1943-2021)

Joseph "Leon" McGowan of Russell Springs passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021, at home. He was 77 years of age.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1pmCT on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Bernard Funeral Home, 367 N. Main St., Russell Springs, KY, with Bro. Donnie Bunch officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Stephen Haste. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 11amCT until 1pmCT on Wednesday at Bernard Funeral Home.

Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance. Facial coverings are required.

Leon was born on June 7, 1943, in Eli, son of the late James Wesley and Dona Elizabeth Stephens McGowan. Leon worked in concrete for several years; his work helped build many homes in the Lake Cumberland area. He liked to go fox hunting and loved "running his dogs." Leon loved to stay busy; he loved to work.

He is survived by his daughters, Vanessa (and Mark) Baker, of Jabez, and Amanda (and Raul) Rosa, of Russell Springs; his long-time companion, Wanda Maynard, of Russell Springs; his brother, Leonard R. McGowan, of Ohio; his sister, Zella Wilson, of Science Hill; thirty-nine grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents, preceding Leon in death is his daughter, Donna Rachelle McGowan; his brothers, Chester L. McGowan, J.W. McGowan and James McGowan; and his sisters, Jeanette McGee, Lena Wright, Adelene Keith, Clara Hatfield, Hester Evans, Roberta Grossman and Fern Shepherd.

Bernard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Joseph (Leon) McGowan, 77, Russell Springs, KY (1943-2021)

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