Howard Douglas Cowen, 81, of Escondido, Calif., died Oct, 30, 2011.
Cremation. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Born Sept. 10, 1930, in Marshall, he was the son of Melvin Willard Cowen and Mary Kathryn Johnson. In 1954 he married Betty Sue Harned, who preceded him in death in 1964. After graduating from Marshall High School in 1948, he attended Missouri Valley College and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in public school music. Following graduation he taught high school music in Fulton and Higginsville. After teaching for six years he attended Los Angeles Art Institute where he studied commercial design, and was employed by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., in the Stylist and Design Department. He met and married Vera Khoranoff, who preceded him death in February 2010. While at Ford he helped to organize a group of musicians who formed a dance band known as the "Runningboards" which performed in the Detroit area. In the group he played various instruments, the bass guitar, baritone, trombone and tuba, but also arranged numbers for the group. Following his retirement from Ford, he and Vera moved to Escondido, Calif., where he continued with his passion for design, rendering automobiles and constructing model cars. He was an accomplished musician and artist. His main instrument was the violin, which Harold Lickey, Marshall school music teacher, helped him to purchase. In June of 2008 he donated his violin to Marshall High School, where he was Concert Master of the orchestra from 1944 to 1948. Concert Mistress, Sarah Love was selected to play the violin.
He is survived by his brother, Fred and his wife, Martha Jean, of Georgetown, Texas; sister-in-law, Natalie Thomas of Springville, Calif.; and his brother-in-law George Khoranoff and his wife, Pattie, of Escondido, who were his primary care givers during the last few years. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Elaine Jones and her husband, Carey, and Laura Richardson and her husband, Scott, all of Marshall; Bruce Cowen and his wife, Janet, of Carrollton, Texas, Anthony Cowen and his wife, Darla, of Goddard, Kan., Michael Cowen and his wife, Bobbie, of Sedalia, Jennifer Huhmann and her husband, Joe, of Tipton, Julia Martin and her husband, David, of Sedalia; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, John Willard Cowen, and his wife, Phyllis Noland Cowen.
Additional information provided per family recompense.