Gary Wynn Cowan, 66 died December 12, 2023, peacefully at home after a valiant fight with Pancreatic Cancer. He was born in Owensboro, KY on November 4, 1957, and is survived by his wife of 18 years, Campbell Simmons Cowan and his mother, Barbara Grace Hines.
Gary attended Daviess County High School and upon graduation enlisted in the United States Air Force and went on to serve in the Air National Guard.
Upon retirement from his years in the service, Gary embarked on his creative dreams working in animatronics, graphics, painting, and antiques. He located to Jacksonville where he met his wife Cam and continued his creative endeavors. Gary was well respected in the Northeast Florida boating community for his fiberglass and painting skills as there was not a boat he could not repair or build. Quite skilled at woodwork, there was nothing he could not build at home. He was a man’s man the myth, and the legend. Most of all he was Dragoon.
Gary is predeceased by his grandparents Mamie Margaret Armstrong Hines and James T. Hines Sr, Mildred Woodward Cowan and Perry B. Cowan as well as his stepmother Cathy D. Cowan and his father Dave Wynn Cowan.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his children: Shawn Patrick Cowan (Ky), Ashley Cowan Cain (Charlie) (Ky) his stepchildren Katherine Lambert Horrell (Patrick) and Patrick Michael Lambert (AR). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Braeden Cowan, Leslie Ford, Sophie Cain, Emerson Horrell, Presley Horrell and Addison Lambert. He is also survived by his brothers Jeffrey Alan Cowan (Ginny) (IL), Stephen Marshall Cowan (GA) and Christopher Scott Cowan (Ky) and several aunts and uncles.
Gary was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where a memorial service will be held January 12, 2024, at 10 am. (4129 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32210) The family wishes to thank all the nurses, staff and doctors of Community Hospice and MD Anderson for their considerate help and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations be made to Tunnel to Towers (T2T.org), Folds of Honor (foldsofhonor.org) or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Evergreen Funeral Home – (904) 353-3649.