Obituary Of Richard Cowen

Richard Cowen, 92, of Fort Scott, Kansas passed away Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018, at the Medicalodge Nursing Home.

He was born December 31, 1925, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the son of John Harold and Gladys (Emmerson) Cowen. He married Freda Elaine Bentley July 31, 1948, in Fort Scott, Kansas, and she preceded him in death October 2, 2012.

Richard graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1944.

He served in the US Army, Private First Class, and served in the Special Services Army Band.

He worked as a Manor Bread Delivery Driver, the Frisco Railroad, as well as the family dairy business, Cold Spring Guernsey Dairy, located on the Cowen farm on Stringtown (Native) Road. He also worked for Kansas Gas Service for 28 years before his retirement.

Richard and Freda were members of the Iza Stompers Square Dance Club and the Old Forters Camping Club. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon and Elder.

Richard is survived by his sons, Wayne Cowen and wife Beverly, Kenton Cowen, Bradley Cowen and wife Joyce, and Larry Cowen and wife Sondra, all of Fort Scott; sister-in-law Phyllis Ward and husband Harold, of Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-law Jolene Clark of Belton, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Freda, he was also preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. Rev. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian church, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the Fort Scott National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening, March 5, 2018, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Mercy Hospice, and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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