OBITUARY

Marion David Cowling

August 8, 1946April 13, 2018
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Marion David Cowling, 71 of West Des Moines, passed away on Friday April 13, 2018 at Kavanagh House, Des Moines IA. Cause of death was Thyroid Cancer.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 18th at 10:30 AM at McLaren’s Chapel (801 19th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265) with a visitation from 6-8PM Tuesday, April 17th at McLaren’s Chapel. Burial will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter on April 18th at 12:30 PM with full military honors.

Marion was born August 8, 1946 in Des Moines, IA to John Thomas and Leah Louisa (Payton) Cowling. He was the 6th of 9 children. Marion grew up in Des Moines but when he was 16 his family moved to Lucas, IA. He graduated from Chariton High School in 1965. He started his employment with USPS in 1967 but 3 months later was drafted into US Army. He spent 16 months in Vietnam from 7/68 to 11/69. After his military service was over, he returned to the USPS from which he retired in 2004 as Manager, Maintenance Operations with 37 years of federal service. He also served in the Iowa National Guard from 1973-1976.

Marion was united in marriage to Carol Ann (Morris) on March 6, 1971 at Sewal, IA United Methodist Church.

Marion was paid-up-for-life member of American Legion Post 620, West Des Moines; a life member of AMVETS Post 2, Des Moines and life member of VFW Post 8879, West Des Moines. He had served on the board of Townhomes of Meadowpoint and was active in NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees). He had been a volunteer firefighter for the Delaware Township Fire Department from 1979 through 1982. He enjoyed traveling (he and Carol had traveled to over 55 countries and islands, all 50 states and all 99 counties in Iowa), helping Carol cook and bake, computers and spending time with his godchildren and their siblings. Marion loved everything about the Christmas season and looked forward to that every year. Marion had a great sense of humor and a marvelous laugh.

Marion is survived by his wife Carol, brothers Bert (Cecelia) of Rockford, IL and Russell (Kitty) of Orient, IA; sisters Rhea Baker of Creston and Sue Harrison (Chris) of Knoxville, IA; godchildren Leslie Torres, Carter Iben and Lily Myers and their siblings and parents; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John Richard and Joe Thomas, sisters Rose Evangeline Webb and Mary Jane Cowling.

  • FAMILY

  • John Thomas Cowling, Father
  • Leah Louisa Cowling, Mother
  • Carol Cowling, Wife
  • Bert Cowling, Brother
  • Russell Cowling, Brother
  • John Richard Cowling, Brother
  • Joe Thomas Cowling, Brother
  • Rhea Baker, Sister
  • Sue Harrison, Sister
  • Rose Evangeline Webb, Sister
  • Mary Jane Cowling, Sister
  • Godchildren Leslie Torres, Carter Iben and Lily Myers and their siblings and parents; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Marion Paul Larkins, Honorary
  • Charles Stromquist, Honorary
  • Richard Torres, Honorary
  • Marc Swanson, Honorary
  • Larry Beem, Honorary
  • Mick Webb, Honorary
  • Russ Briggs, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, April 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Marion David Cowling

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Jan Hetherington

April 21, 2018

Carol, I was so sad to hear about Marion. I hope that the wonderful times and memories you have of Marion will lift your heart during this difficult time. I enjoyed working with you at HUD.

Jan Hetherington

mark gisch

April 15, 2018

I really enjoyed working with Marion at The Townhomes of Meadow Point, he helped train me and bring me up to speed on the history and needs of this homeowners association, and had some fun social events, to boot! Marion's long-term involvement and hard work and dedication to the great community at Meadow Point is evident throughout the community. I am so thankful for his contributions to our community, and his service to our nation- a great young man- and still a great young man in all of our hearts. Thank you Marion. Best regards to Carol and family and friends, Mark Gisch.

Michael Goben

April 15, 2018

I grew up in Lucas and graduated with Sue. I remember the whole family and thought everyone of them were great people. I can remember when they moved to Lucas and fondly remember Marion as a really wonderful guy. I delivered newspapers to them, their mother was a really sweet lady and I played with all of his brothers and sisters. I can fondly remember visiting with Marion and the time we spent raising hell in Lucas. Both my wife and I send our heartfelt sympathies to the entire family. May God put His arms around you and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Julie Shiner

April 15, 2018

Marion and Carol are my first "regulars" that I came to know at Fareway, although I never knew them by name. I always enjoyed visiting with them when they came through my line. I want you to know that your Thanksgiving generosity is something that I aspire too! I have never forgotten separating the dinners into two separate boxes for you to be a blessing to two families! I will always remember the impact of how that touched my heart. May you find comfort in these memories. God bless you! Julie

Ann Webb

April 14, 2018

Bob and I send our heart felt sympathy to the Cowling family. Bob remembers how much uncle Marion enjoyed Dave Dudley. Every time a trucking song comes on the radio he is remembered.
Rest In Peace with love Bob and Ann Webb

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Biography

Marion Cowling was born August 8, 1946 in Des Moines, IA to John Thomas and Leah Louisa (Payton) Cowling. He was the 6th of 9 children. Marion grew up in Des Moines but when he was 16 his family moved to Lucas, IA. He graduated from Chariton High School in 1965. He started his employment with USPS in 1967 but 3 months later was drafted into US Army. He spent 16 months in Vietnam from 7/68 to 11/69. After his military service was over, he returned to the USPS from which he retired in 2004 as Manager, Maintenance Operations with 37 years of federal service. He also served in the Iowa National Guard from 1973-1976.

Marion was united in marriage to Carol Ann (Morris) on March 6, 1971 at Sewal, IA United Methodist Church.

Marion was paid-up-for-life member of American Legion Post 620, West Des Moines; a life member of AMVETS Post 2, Des Moines and life member of VFW Post 8879, West Des Moines. He had served on the board of Townhomes of Meadowpoint and was active in NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees). He had been a volunteer firefighter for the Delaware Township Fire Department from 1979 through 1982. He enjoyed traveling (he and Carol had traveled to over 55 countries and islands, all 50 states and all 99 counties in Iowa), helping Carol cook and bake, computers and spending time with his godchildren and their siblings. Marion loved everything about the Christmas season and looked forward to that every year. Marion had a great sense of humor and a marvelous laugh.

Marion David Cowling, 71 of West Des Moines, passed away on Friday April 13, 2018 at Kavanagh House, Des Moines IA. Cause of death was Thyroid Cancer.

Funeral service were held Wednesday, April 18th at 10:30 AM at McLaren’s Chapel (801 19th St., West Des Moines, IA 50265) with a visitation from 6-8PM Tuesday, April 17th at McLaren’s Chapel. Burial was at Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter on April 18th at 12:30 PM with full military honors.

Marion is survived by his wife Carol, brothers Bert (Cecelia) of Rockford, IL and Russell (Kitty) of Orient, IA; sisters Rhea Baker of Creston and Sue Harrison (Chris) of Knoxville, IA; godchildren Leslie Torres, Carter Iben and Lily Myers and their siblings and parents; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John Richard and Joe Thomas, sisters Rose Evangeline Webb and Mary Jane Cowling.