Myron J. Cowan, 92, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
Born May 13, 1929, in Todd Township, Huntingdon County, he was a son of the late Robert Cowan Sr. and Margaret (Heffner) Cowan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: wife, Frances P. (Yoder) Cowan, June 25, 2020; sisters, Mrs. Paul (Viola) Danko, Mrs. John (Ruth) Smith, and Mrs. Gerald (Mary Jane) Koontz; brother, James Cowan; and son-in-law, Thomas Abbott.
Surviving are: a brother, Robert “Raymond” Cowan Jr. and wife, Iva, of Lewistown; children, Susan M. Abbott, of Lewistown, Robert L. Cowan and wife, Carol Metzler, of Elizabethtown, and Ronald M. Cowan and wife, Gayle, of Lewistown; grandchildren, Shanna Cowan and companion, Harry Hasting, Casey Cowan and wife, Jolene, and Amanda Biddle-Hile and husband, Orris; and five great-grandsons.
Myron spent his youth in Granville. He started working at the American Viscose Corporation and eventually enlisted in the Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa aircraft carrier during the Korean conflict. After receiving his honorable discharge in August 1954, he returned to Granville and the Viscose. He was later employed at Avtex Fibers until his retirement.
While serving in the Navy, Frances and Myron were married on Dec. 29, 1952. Upon Myron’s return, they built a house in Granville and started their lives together. They eventually moved to Pine Glen on the farm where Myron’s focus was always on family, farming and his career at the Viscose.
Myron was a member of Pine Glen Church of the Brethren. While he didn’t have much time to socialize, he always valued helping his neighbors and church. His faith in God was consistent and ever present. He believed in hard work and doing the right thing, no matter the cost. These were values he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
The farm not only served to feed the family, but also provided good hunting opportunities. Myron loved to hunt and always had hunting dogs. Autumn was his favorite time of year as it meant harvest time and hunting time, and he juggled time for both.
After retirement, Myron liked to travel and made several trips across the United States. Alaska and the West were highlights, however, he found himself outside the country during 9/11 causing a delay in returning home. His adventures were always shared with family and documented with his camcorder.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Pine Glen Church of the Brethren, 61 Pine Glen Road, Lewistown, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kenneth Grove officiating. A celebration of life for Myron and Frances will be held at the Church following the service. Due to Covid, the family requests that everyone observe proper protocol and safety guidelines.
Interment will take place at Pine Glen Cemetery.
Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.
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