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Former Bandera mayor passes


Former Bandera mayor Bob Cowan died peacefully in his Kerrville home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on Sept. 9, 1925 in Dublin, Texas.
Cowan was married to Maple Marie Ramsey on Sept. 4, 1949 until her death on Dec. 25, 2004.
He graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a degree in architecture. Bob proudly served in the United States Navy. He was mayor of Bandera from April 1984 through April 1986 and again from May 1996 to May 2001.
Cowan married Nancy Flegal Howell on August 8, 2008 in Bandera. The couple made their home in Kerrville. Always very active in the Bandera and Kerrville communities, Cowan strived to help others.
He is survived by his wife of 65 months, Nancy Flegal Howell Cowan; sisters, Lee Etta Cothern and Dejah Cowan; children, Roberta Marie Weadley, Laura Ann Beehler, Susan Birdie Ohse, Claudia Lee Vincent and their spouses; and Nancy's four children, Floyd D. Howell, III, Patricia Lee Miller, William M. Howell, Penni Joan Chambers and their spouses. Bob also had 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to all family and friends for their prayers and thoughts, as well as to the medical staff who gave Bob such loving care.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Bandera United Methodist Church in Bandera. He will be buried in Tulia.
Memorials may be offered in Cowan's name to Helping Hand of Bandera or Mustard Seed Ministries in Kerrville.
Condolences may be sent to the family by selecting the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.