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.
Janie Herrenbruck Thomas says
Barbara and Micheal,
I am so very sorry for the loss of Glenn. I know how your lives will change and the empty spot that will be left without him. Know you are loved and prayed for and we will get together soon to remember and celebrate his life.
David C Forbey says
Glenn and I became friends after we came back home from being in the army. We even worked at Inland Container for a few years. Both made it into coal mining. Both in up doing union jobs with our different locals. Knowing that Glenn loved his family. They were first over anything else. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Rest in peace my friend.
Mo Patti Julian says
Thoughts and prayers for the Whole Glenn Gowen Family. Glenn was an amazing guy that We had the privilege of calling him our Friend. Rest In Peace My Friend. Thank you very much for your service to your Country.
ab roos says
Our heartfelt condolences to you all….
Love from us…
Beckie and Bobbie says
Barbara so sorry for your loss. Prays for you and family from Beckie and Bobbie
Marsha Miller says
Heartfelt sympathy to Glenn’s family and friends. He was a big guy , soft spoken and big heart! I’m proud he was my friend for many years! Thank him for his service to our country and joining our VFW Post #3418. RIP Glenn you will be missed!
Patty Wilbanks says
Lawton and I are offering prayers for Glenn and his family left behind. Hugs to you!
Jeanie Boultinghouse says
Am sad for your sorrow….
Love and hugs for you and family…
Paula and Alan Reininga says
So sorry Barbara and family to hear about Glenn. Our prayers for you during this difficult time for strength. Hugs to you and hopefully we will run into each other soon!
Pat Geurin says
I’m so sorry. Glenn was a wonderful friend and person to work with. He always thought of others and tried to help.
Tom Hammel says
Am so very sorry – our condolences and prayers go to you and your family!
Ron Sutton says
I’am very sorry to see Glenn has past. Knowing him for many years he was always a very nice guy to talk with. You have my sympathy.
Kathy Scherzinger says
Many years ago when our children were young , we had a board for Junior league baseball and then started the softball program, so many great memories of all of the board members, it was a lot of work, but boy the memories we made were priceless, RIP Glenn, May you find peace and May Barbara and Mike find comfort in the stories to be told snd the amazing memories! Hugs my friends!
Deborah Bullock says
So sorry for your loss!!