Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rest in peace, Ted Cowan 1926-2016

Ted Cowan of Issaquah and more recently of Buckley, Bonney Lake and Puyallup died Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Puyallup Nursing and Rehab., Puyallup, Washington. He was 89.

Ted was born the 7th of August, 1926 to Thomas Cowan and Elsie Schell Cowan in Seattle. He grew up in Montlake, graduated from Garfield High School, and soon after was drafted into the US Army. After training as a medic, he shipped out to the Pacific Theater. As a medic, he followed the Marines into battle to treat his fellow soldiers in many of the largest and most brutal battles in World War II.

He married Lola McBee September 3, 1949. They built their own house south of Issaquah, and lived there until Lola’s death. They also built a log cabin near Mount Rainier which became their most beloved retreat.

Ted and Lola had two daughters; Valorie, married to Bob Zimmerman; and Kimberly, married to Guy Rick Betts. They loved their ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spent as much time with them as possible. After Lola’s death, Ted sold the house on Hobart Road, and moved into a small house in Buckley.

After returning from war, Ted had lost the desire to become a doctor, and soon moved into selling hardware at Seattle Hardware, and then then industrial parts for the Houston Company and then Atlas Packing and Rubber. After a serious health scare, he decided to change careers, and became a real estate salesman, then a broker. He worked at Maple Valley Realty, then  started Valley Realty.

He was always interested in Republican politics and conservative public policy, often traveling to Olympia and sometimes even Washington, DC to lobby for his interests in gun rights, public lands and private wells. He also loved traveling with Lola, and then with his daughters, to Scotland in particular.

Gather at the LDS church (26800 236th Pl SE, Maple Valley) at 11:00am to share memories, look at photos and celebrate Ted’s long life. He will be laid to rest 1:30pm Monday, May 23 at Tahoma National Cemetery.

His graveside ceremony: https://youtu.be/rxwB44zLF3A

Slideshow of photos shown at the memorial gathering: https://youtu.be/Q7RD3BD_9h0

If you are on Facebook, Bryan Hildebrandt took some amazing photos: https://www.facebook.com/bryan.hildebrandt.7/photos_albums

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At 9:52 PM, Blogger Richard Fuesting said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My father passed away in 2011 after a short illness. I was 30 minutes out when my mom called, telling me he passed. I would have given anything to be by his side at that time. But I have my memories of my dad...as I know you have good memories of your dad. I miss him terribly, but his wisdom lives on in me. It does get easier as time goes on.



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