Glenn David Gowen of Boonville, IN passed peacefully on May 25th. Glenn was the son of Oscar and Clara Gowen and brother of Dora Ann (Dodie), Geraldine (Gerri), James Oscar (Jim), Charles Thomas (Tom), Ruth Ellen (Ruthie, Brenda Joyce, and Mary Jane.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Dodie, Gerri, & Brenda and brother Tom.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 51 years Barbara Lea (Herrenbruck) Gowen of Boonville, Son, Glenn Michael Gowen of Murray, KY, Granddaughter Gabrielle Rose Gowen of Murray, Grandson, Wendell Jacob Gowen of Murray and Great Granddaughter Daelynn Lea Davis (Gabrielle’s daughter) of Murray, KY, Brother Jim of Tennyson, Sister Ruthie of Evansville and Sister Mary of Boonville.
Glenn was a devoted family man. He grew up as the second youngest of 8. His father passed when he was 3 years old. Glenn excelled at football and basketball at Boonville High School. He received numerous awards for his athletic ability. After graduation, Glenn attended North Texas State on a basketball scholarship. He left North Texas State to move home & be closer to family. He was drafted into the United States Army and went to Vietnam. He returned to marry Barbara and start a family. Glenn retired from Peabody Coal Company. He was a member and officer in the United Mine Workers of America. He was a lifetime member of the Boonville VFW and also a member of the Boonville American Legion.
He was a loyal and loving friend. He was also a devoted family man & dedicated himself to his brothers & sisters, brother in-laws & sister in-laws, his nieces and nephews, his great nieces and nephews and even great-great nieces and nephews. He and Barbara enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends. Family gatherings on Memorial Day & Thanksgiving were dear to him. He was loved and adored by children & he loved and adored them back, especially his great-granddaughter Daelynn. He enjoyed spending time on his deck visiting with friends and loved ones watching the Chicago Cubs. Glenn was a tissue and organ donor.
Donations in his honor can be made to Main Street United Methodist Church’s Matthew 25 program at 222 East Main Street, Boonville, IN
Simple Cremation Evansville is entrusted with care.