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Cowman, 81, of Galesburg, loving husband, father and Bompa, was freed
from his earthly body on February 7, 2020. He ascended into the
heavens and is with his Lord and loved ones, now tending to the
Garden of Eden.
born on September 1, 1938 to Laverne and Rosemary (Johnson) Cowman.
He married Joan Folkenroth McKenna on December 26, 1960 and became an
instant and wonderful father to her two small children. Joan passed
away January 11, 2020.
is his daughter April (Gilbert) Douglas of Burlington, Iowa, two
sisters Rosalie (Marty) Holzman of Julian, California and Jane
(Dennis) Larson of Knoxville; and two grandchildren Rachael Douglas
of Montecito, California and Gilbert (Rachel Diercks) Douglas III of
preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Joan Cowman, one
brother Gary Cowman, and two sons Robert McKenna and Douglas Todd
graduated from Knoxville High School. He had grown up in a family of
farmers. He showed and judged cattle and sheep as a member of FFA. He
entered the US Marines Corps in 1957 and served as a Combat Engineer.
Following his services as a Marine, he married Joan and together they
had a son, Douglas Todd Cowman, who passed at the age of two. They
owned and operated Mr. Don’s Salon of Beauty on East Main Street
and then moved the business to Dayton Street, renaming it to Mr.
Don’s House of Hair Design. He made many lasting friendships with
many of his clients, and up until his passing, he was often greeted
as “Mr. Don”. He enjoyed refinishing antiques and did a beautiful
job doing so. He and Joan sold antiques from The Antique Shack, a
business out of their home in the 1970’s.
no strangers and loved to talk. He loved popcorn. He enjoyed being
outside and had a beautiful yard with flower beds and hanging
baskets. He had a garden with more flower beds as well as his
vegetable garden. He was so proud of his giant heirloom tomatoes. He
would have a plant sale when his wife had her backyard sale. Many
people called him “the plant man”. He was a Master Gardener and
Don’s family hopes that his gardens will be able to be remembered
and maintained by the University of Illinois Extension Of Master
Gardeners Program. Don loved carving wood sculptures and was so
creative. He entered in a yearly contest out of the Quad Cities and
won many awards and sold many of his pieces. He often gave out his
small crosses to family and friends.
his dog Sophie and would lie down on the floor next to her and give
her a massage every night. He will be remembered as a loving and
devoted husband and care giver. As a father, seeing his beautiful
blue eyes and dimple on his left cheek will be missed. The banter and
conversations will always be remembered. There was just love. As
Bompa, the memories include camping at Oak Run, being in the garden
cutting asparagus and picking his giant tomatoes and delicious
apples. His wood carving lessons, teaching them how to make paper
airplanes and making them laugh with his silly jokes will always be
family would like to thank all of the staff at Seminary Manor for his
care. He entered as a stranger and left as a friend. Thank you to all
family members and friends who visited Don while in the hospital and
Seminary Manor. Deacon Mike crummer and the OSF Hospice staff were
wonderful. Thank you, Pastor Pam, for all of the visits and prayers.
Thank you, Sarah Koons, for providing energy, love and support
throughout this difficult journey.
has been accorded. A memorial graveside service is scheduled for
10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Maquon Cemetery. Pastor Pam
Marolla will officiate. A Celebration of Don’s Life will follow at
Soangetaha Country Club from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Memorial
may be donated to First Lutheran Church and the Knox County Humane
Society. Online condolences may be given at www.h-p-w.com.