Richard G. McGowan, 65, resident of Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
In keeping with Richard’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Richard Gene McGowan was born on Jan. 12, 1947 in Charles City, Iowa the son of Irvin and Genevieve (Sanford) McGowan. He attended Clear Lake High School and graduated with the class of 1965. Following high school, Richard attended Mason City Junior College.
Always having had a great devotion to his family, Richard cherished the time spent with his loved ones. He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews grow up and always held a large place in their lives. Within the last few years he was delighted to be able to share that bond with his great niece and nephew, Paige and Carter.
One of Richard’s greatest passions in life was classic cars, his favorite models were ’55 and ’57 Chevy’s. He enjoyed going to the Classic Car Rally, and also liked assembling model cars. Other hobbies of Richard’s were playing cards, board games and BINGO; he also loved cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings.
Those grateful in sharing in his life are his two siblings, Marlene Steenblock, Clear Lake, and Jim (Kathy) McGowan, Marietta, Ga; his nieces, Cordi Juhler, Omaha, Neb. and Jessie Steenblock, Brainerd, Minn.; his two nephews, Trent (Kelle) Steenblock, Northfield Minn., and Michael McGowan, Marietta, Ga; and his great niece and nephew, Paige and Carter Steenblock, both of Northfield; as well as his extended family and many friends.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stanley.
Richard’s family would like to thank and acknowledge the many caregivers who have touched Richard’s life throughout the years across north Iowa.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.