OBITUARY

Jack Lee Cowin Jr.

January 30, 1935January 29, 2021

Jack L. Cowin, Jr. 85, of Elizabethtown formerly of Louisville passed away on Friday January 29, 2021. A native of Peoria, IL he was born on January 30, 1935 to the late Jack L. Cowin, Sr. and Bertha Mae (McKinney) Cowin. Graduated from Spalding Institute and Bradley University he served in the US Army Reserve for 9 years. He worked for General Electric for 39 years and 9 months, retiring on 12/31/1997. Then he worked for national patient account services for HCA Hospitals for 9 years and 2 months, retired on 5/1/2007. Private burial will take place in the Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria, IL. Remembrances of Jack can take the form of contributions to the Salvation Army, St. John Day Center, Kentucky Humane Society, Animal Care Society, Alley Cat Advocates and Shamrock Foundation.

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Mary Lou Schaub

February 4, 2021

I have known Jack for over forty years . He dated my Aunt Annie and was an amazing man with such a big heart for everyone and including his beloved cats. We would worry so much about him feeding the cats in some difficult areas of Louisville but that did not stop him from taking care of his furry family. Even living in E-town he would drive to Louisville to feed the cats. He was truly an angel walking among us on earth. May his soul Rest In Peace and he will be missed all of us. I am sure Annie is waiting for him. Love you so much Jack

Kevin Shields

February 1, 2021

When I think about Jack Cowin, I’m inclined to mention so many of his outstanding qualities: his charity and compassion, his earnestness and articulateness, his bright disposition and mischievous sense of humor. Yet, it was always Jack’s storytelling that drew me in.

He once accepted an invitation to be interviewed for some academic research I was conducting and of all the people involved, he offered the richest pictures, the most daring reflections. In fact, Jack’s narration was one of his absolute best qualities. All those stories were fascinating glimpses into the complexities and adventures of his life; they were treasures he bestowed on those of us lucky enough to be listening. And honestly, I could never get enough of them.

What many of us were listening to was Jack’s oral autobiography, a set of impressions, experiences, and perspectives his lived reality produced. So much of that autobiography was beautiful because it represented, in all its liveliness, Jack’s spirit. I hope that many of us who remember him so fondly can gather and continue sharing Jack’s stories as a way of preserving his line of storytelling.

The world is a harsher and far less colorful place without another story from him. I will forever miss the chance to hear the rest of Jack’s stories as told by him.

Teresa Cook

February 1, 2021

Jack touched every heart and soul he knew. I have never know a more selfless, kind, and caring person than Jack. His memory will be cherished and never forgotten. I have never walked through a door that he was on the other side of, and not been met with that amazing smile and warm hello. Much love my friend, rest easy in God's arms.

Dennis Pyles

February 1, 2021

An amazing, beautiful man who touched so many lives. His passion for life was incredible. All who knew him we're blessed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY