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Obituary - Francis H. Cowen

Francis H. Cowen

Date of Passing: January 13th, 2010

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In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the Waterville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Presbyterian Home for CNY, in his memory.

Francis H. (Nutty) Cowen, 81, of Frog Park Rd., Stockwell, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at the Presbyterian Home for CNY, with his loving wife and family by his side. He was born August 24, 1928, in the Town of Madison, a son of the late Norman and Janet Dugan Cowen and was educated in Waterville schools. Mr. Cowen was a paratrooper and Sergeant with the US Army, proudly serving during the Korean War. During the service, he became an amateur boxer. After his honorable discharge, he turned professional and won many fights during his prestigious boxing career. His boxing gloves are on display at the National Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota. On August 29, 1959, at the First Presbyterian Church of Waterville, he married Elaine Tilbe, whom he affectionately called Mrs. Cowen throughout their marriage. Mr. Cowen was a construction worker and heavy equipment operator and for 19 years was employed with the Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. He was a member, past Vestry member and the official bell ringer for Sunday service at Grace Church in Waterville. He was also a member and past commander of the Clifford J. Fulmer American Legion Post #92 and was a life time member of the Waterville Fish & Game Club. Nutty enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his coffee club at Klings Mill and his weekly pitch game at the American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine; a brother and sister-in-law, Clement and Patricia Cowen of Wilmington, DE; his in-laws, Dorothy Cowen of Rochester, June Stetson of Stockwell and Walter Tilbe of Waterville; and many special nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers, Richard, William, Stuart, Norman and Charles Cowen; and three sisters, Emily Henriksen, Clementine Burkett and Patricia Cowen. The Mass and Holy Eucharist will be offered Saturday at 10 am at Grace Church, Waterville. Spring interment will be in Waterville Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday evening (tonight) 5-8 at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. Members of the American Legion will meet tonight at 7 o'clock. . Mrs. Cowen would like to thank all their family and friends, as well as Dr. Scott Brehaut, Dr. David Petrie, Nannette Cowen, and the entire staff and all the residents of the Presbyterian Home for CNY, for all their friendship, wonderful care and support during this difficult time.


Elaine,We are so sorry to hear of Francis' passing.We remember that you used to take me to the airport to pick up Dale and Brian when they came home on leave.I saw him a few years ago,at the cemetery,after Robert Died.
eleanor &Norman Kennedy

Elaine, My sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your husband Frannie (as I knew him).I know he will be greatly missed by many.
Dolores Wines

Elaine: I was very sorry to hear about Francis about Francis passing away at the Presbyterian Home. He was one of the greatest and decent individuals I have ever met. We had some of the most enjoyable times at the Bouckville Store Coffee Shop. It was not a good start to the day if he did not show up. Waldo Scott also wants to express his feeling of loss with Nutty's passing. I am a better person because of my time spent with him along with many others. Paul Gunther Vietnam Veteran
Paul Gunther

We just heard about Francis. We are so sorry for your loss. It was a great pleasure to know him and we appreciate what a good friend he was to my father, Alan Crumb.
Ralph & Diana Keith

Elaine; I am so sorry for your loss. Nutty was truly a fine person, who I enjoyed knowing. He will be very much missed.
Freida Curtis

All of the Cowan men were great to know. they all proudly served in the military during times of war. Francis ,like his brothers was a wonderful fellow. i am very proud that I had the opportunity to know all of them, especially Francis. Hank Gardner class of 43
Hank Gardner

Elaine ; I am so sorry for your loss Francis was one of a kind always made me laugh no matter what kind of day it was. My dad thought the world of Francis and he will be dearly missed . He was truly a great American Vetran that made this country what it is today.
steve jeffers

Elaine, Glenn and I are so sorry for your loss. We will always have fond memories of Nutty,as far back as the Red Dor days. He will be missed.
Glenn and LaNora Welsh

To Elaine and family sorry for your loss he was a great guy
Ed Jeffers

Elaine we are so sorry for your loss. Bucko was so awesome! I loved going to klings just to see him. Every where I went that had coffee Bucko was there with you right there with him. We will miss him so much. Our Deepest Sympathy, The Kelloggs (Little Bucko)
Trisha Kellogg (Kellogg Family)

Elaine we are SO very sorry for your GREATY loss...Frannie was one of a kind..I got to know him whe I worked at the bankhere in Waterville, we looked forward to his visits, he was one of our favorite customers...he always made us laugh and was the high light of a lot of our days...Dave and I were glad we got to visit with him when we went to the Pres. Home to see our family last summer..we said many prayers for you knowing how hard it was for you both Our Deepest Sympathy, Dave and Ione Barney
Dave and Ione Barney

Francis was a delight when he came into the Coffee Shop and did his "Boxing Ritual" He was so much fun, never a mean bone in his body.
Henrietta Purdy