John McGowan, 81, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away on Oct. 4, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.
He was born Feb. 11, 1932, in Wayne County, N.C., a son of the late Aaron and Winnie Cottle McGowan.
John was retired military, a veteran of the U.S. Army in the Korean War and the Air Force in the Vietnam War, and a retired postal worker. He loved fishing, traveling and watching the Green Bay Packers play. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Penny" McGowan; two daughters, Johnna (Wayne) Cooper of Parkersburg and Robyn (Louis) Villanueva of Milton, Wash.; one son, Russel McGowan of Federal Way, Wash.; two stepsons, Adam (Sue) Munday and Patrick Munday, both of Kankakee, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Erin Munday of Summerfield, Fla.; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson.
In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; one daughter, Elaina Ford; and one granddaughter, Myiah McGowan.
Funeral services will bet 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with Pastor Tom Stevens officiating with full military rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.
An online guestbook will be available at www.lamberttatman.com