Clifton Cowan Obituary (2022) – Benton, KY
CALVERT CITY – Clifton (Cliff) Edsel Cowan, 91, of Calvert City, died March 16, 2022. Raised in Black Ford, he was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Joan (Jan) Bucy Cowan; and her parents, Albert and Daisy Cowan; and six siblings.
He is survived by his daughter, Vivian Ann (Lanny) Blossom; sons, Clifton Mark (Cherri) Cowan, Lance B. (Nancy) Cowan; sister, Alberta Fuller; and grandchildren, Matthew Buren (Petra) Blossom, Jamie Todd (Shelly) Blossom, Jennifer Ann Blossom (Greg) Lindsey, Elise Catherine Cowan, Brooks Thomas (Sara) Cowan, Andrew Cole Cowan and Logan Paul (Destiny) Cowan; great-grandchildren, Alison Blossom (Preston) Roberts, Brandon Blossom, Landon Lindsey, Elizabeth Lindsey (Xavier) Vanderford, Presley Lindsey, Carson Blossom, Nate Blossom; and great-great-granddaughter, Remi Kate Vanderford.
Cliff left the family farm in 1948 to attend Murray State College where he met the love of his life, Jan Bucy. They married after dating just four months, fleeing to Corinth, Mississippi one morning in November 1951. They returned to school the same day in time for afternoon classes. It took a month before they worked up the courage to tell their families they were married as they lived in different dorms and even went to their separate family homes for Thanksgiving.
They soon landed in Calvert City where he was hired at Pennsalt. Growing up on his parents’ farm as the youngest of eight children, Cliff carried his father’s love for growing plants into his adult life, tending his ever-expanding garden every year in his backyard. Come harvest season, he and Jan would spend hours on the hot stove canning tomatoes and green beans.
In the fall and winter, he hunted ducks and geese in the mornings and in the evenings tried to find a recipe that would make them taste really good. His nocturnal ritual of practicing his duck call annoyed some, but his fellow hunters reaped the benefits as he could masterfully fool birds within range. A skilled handyman and cabinetmaker, he made precious duck and goose calls in his small workshop in the basement. In the spring, he fished for crappie, catfish and bass. He was a sniper who could nail a peach-stealing squirrel 40 yards away.
He liked to cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats every time they played and grumbled at local reporters who revealed scores before they had time to watch the game on tape. He was also a dedicated fan and season ticket holder of the Murray State University Racers.
Cliff liked to joke and laugh. If he picked on you, it meant you were important to him.
To truly understand him, it is important to realize how completely he gave of himself to follow Christ at the age of 40. Almost overnight, he became a better husband, father, and friend when he walked to the altar and made the total commitment to serve God. For the rest of his life he was an example to all who knew him. In his final hours he praised God, raising his hands to worship his Saviour. Always seeking a deeper understanding of God, he was a longtime member of the Briensburg Christian Fellowship. The arc of his life and the fruit of it could be seen in the lives of the many people who crossed his path. Her love of Christ was the foundation and cornerstone that framed her days.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to World Missions & Evangelism, 1335 US-68, Benton, KY 42025; (270) 527-9445.
Visitation is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Collier Funeral Home (211 W 5th St, Benton, KY). Services will follow at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at Calvert City Cemetery.
Published by The Paducah Sun on March 19, 2022.