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 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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My condolences to the entire Cowen family. I have fond memories of Lynn and his family. Al, I haven't spoken to you in years however you are in my thoughts and prayers. Be well.

John Larsen

To Marge and Sandy and family,   I am so sorry for your loss.  Lynn was one of the nicest guys I knew.  Lots of good memories from Weeden Road and from working with him at VFW.  He will surely be missed by so many friends and family.  I know you are missing him but hope your good memories will help you through this.  I am sure my mom was right there to greet him!  God Bless you, Marge!  You were one of the best things that ever happened to him.   

Marge, Alvin and families.  I am so sorry for your loss.  The big "C" is a horrible disease and affects too many of us.  I was laughing yesterday thinking of the time at the Jamboree in the Hills when we were cooling off in the pool, and "Lennie's" ghost white legs made us all laugh!   I only stopped at the VFW when I knew "Leonard" was working and he always had a hug and kiss for me.  Of course, there was always the jokes and stories to make us all laugh.  I know your lives have changed with this loss, but remember that he is watching over us all and he would want us to continue to laugh and enjoy life.  Time slowly heals.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.   Hugs and love to you all, Suzie aka Snooze!

So sorry for your loss

Marge and Family My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of You. " JUNIOR " and i have been Friends for years. Love Rosie Swan

Margie and family  -  Lynn has always held special memories for me. He was always very kind to me and so funny! I treasure the memories I have of him letting Darin and I play in the camper during the bon-fires and he always had the best snacks for us! Every time I saw him in recent years, he'd always buy me a beer and I'd listen to him chat about way back when. He was and always will be a truly special spirit. Much love and peace to you all.

Marge and family, Our deepest sympathies, prayers and thoughts are with you. On our frequent trips to and from Iowa, Randy and I often think about, talk about and remember past friends. I am happy to say that you and Lynn were two of the more recent of those friends to pop into our thoughts  So many memories. May your memories and the knowledge that many, many friends are thinking of you help you through this... Love, Carol and Randy  Luce

Marge, Thinking of you threw these tough times.   I'm so sorry and very sad for u and your family.... you need anything.  You know my number.    you friend Tina Ribaudo 


Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Been a few years since I've seen him, but one of the nicest people. RIP

There s so many memories , I don t know where to begin. Lynn was such a likeable man , a lot of fun to be around. Him ,George, an I , plus a lot of others always had a good time  at the VFW while he was tending Bar, telling jokes , an remembering the old times , memories , He saved $1 bills that had a L or C on it for his name. An I saved C an G s for me, we got a system going where he d give me The G an I d give him L s equal amounts .I m sorry I haven t seen Lynn for quite some time due to my disabilites ,but I will miss not being able to him. Margie my Heart ,Prayers an thoughts are with you an the Family. Remember all the good times an laugh to yourself, that s how I got an get thru it and know they are no longer sufering. Love ya