Lynn A. Cowen Thursday, May 11, 1944 - Saturday, June 3, 2017
Randolph, NY - Lynn A. Cowen, 73, of Randolph, Town of Napoli, NY, left this earthly life on June 3, 2017 at UPMC Hamot, surrounded by love, after losing a brave and hard fought battle with lung cancer for the past 11 months. Lynn was born on May 11, 1944, in Gowanda, NY, the son of the late Lynn and Doris (Knuth) Cowen. Lynn attended Randolph Central School, after which he enlisted in the US Army at age 17 where he operated a bulldozer in Korea during it’s reconstitution phase. He previously worked at Watson Manufacturing, NRM Petroleum, Cardinal Hills Golf Course, Dr. Richard Draudt Veterinary and retired in 2013 from the Randolph VFW, Post 6533, following heart surgery. In earlier years Lynn was able to hold his own playing horse shoes, billiards and bowling. He enjoyed his monthly Sunday morning breakfast and card games “at camp with the boys”, occasional trips to the casino, boating, bonfires and maintaining his yard. He enjoyed hanging out in his garage, heated with his wood stove blazing and playing his classic country 8 track tapes. He especially enjoyed special times with his family, camping and recently winters in Florida. Lynn was a special person who made friends easily, making many new friends during the many years he worked at the VFW in East Randolph, where people would stop just to see what ball cap he was wearing from his huge collection. Lynn could tell a joke or story like no one else. Those who knew him know what a character he was, and those who didn’t don’t know what they missed. He was a hard working, honest man, with a big heart, always there for anyone needing a helping hand. Most importantly, he loved his family deeply, and had a sentimental side that he was not afraid to show. He never lost his sense of humor, even up until these last few days, telling friends that he was not afraid to die, “I’m just afraid of where I might go,” even though he had strong religious beliefs in God. When you think or speak of Lynn, please don’t say” it’s too bad he was a smoker” because, yes, he was, but he was more than a past smoker, he was a loving son, a grandson, a brother, a husband, a father, a uncle, a nephew, a cousin and a friend, and perhaps his proudest role, a grandfather. Surviving somehow without him, are his wife, Marjorie (Jones) VanDewark Cowen, having loved each other for 34 years, and married to each other on October 4, 2003; his devoted son and daughter in law, Allen (Sue) Cowen of Kennedy; loving daughter Bonny Cowen of Jamestown, as well as a son Ronald Cowen, also of Jamestown. Two caring stepsons, Lonnie (Jennifer) Crandall VanDewark of Jamestown, and Shawn (Xena) VanDewark of Bear Lake, PA; his precious granddaughter, Raylyn VanDewark of Randolph, who melted his heart every day of his life and whom he affectionately called “Fingers”; a sister, Sandra (Doug) Scalfaro of Millserburg, OH; a nephew Scott (Colleen) Scalfaro, of Columbus, OH; and Nick (Jessica) Scalfaro and family of Indian Head, MD. Additionally surviving are his aunts, Elva (late Lloyd) Abbey, Barbara (late Earl ”Doc”) Knuth, Carole (late Albert “AB”) Knuth, Twilla (late Dean) Lefford, June (late Arthur “Bud”) Knuth as well as many cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Lynn, his mother, Doris, stepfather, Ward Smith, grandparents Arthur and Emma Knuth, Aunt Lucille Shields, and many cousins. Per Lynn’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services held. He truly appreciated those who took the time to visit him, and the many acts of kindness shown to him and his family during his final journey. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer and Son Funeral Home in Randolph. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.