Donald Joe Cowan
TERRE HAUTE - Donald Joe Cowan passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020. He was born March 24, 1935 in Lilbourn, Missouri, to Albert and Betty Cowan.
He married Joyce Joann Duke on April 3, 1953. They were married for 66 years.
Joe is survived by his wife, son Mark A. Cowan (Lisa), daughter Cheryl J. Mercker (David), and son Barry E. Cowan (Sally); seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
Joe started one of the first bakery recycling businesses in the Midwest in 1965. He moved his business and family to Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1978 because of its location to major food manufacturers. He purchased 100 acres on the south end of town as the business grew with the help of his two sons.
He loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and had many fun times with them on his property.
He absolutely loved spending his retired years tinkering in his shop and office, and driving the tractor and backhoe fixing things on the property.
He and Joyce also enjoyed going to Southern Gospel sings and traveled the Midwest often with friends and family.
He left his family with a legacy of love and faithfulness through good times and bad; and countless memories of his smile.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at DeBaun Springhill Chapel. Services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Ray Austin will be officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in honor of Joe may be made to VNA Hospice of the Wabash Valley. Online condolences may be made to:
Published on January 13, 2020


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Crystal, Laurie and your Starbucks Family
Jan 17, 2020
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Donald Joe Cowan by Crystal, Laurie and your Starbucks Family.  Send flowers
Tribute Store
Jan 16, 2020
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Ellen Cowan Sackett
Jan 16, 2020
We always enjoyed Uncle Joe's visits to Sikeston. He reminds me so much of Pappy. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Joe will be so very dearly missed!
Cheryl Dunn
Jan 14, 2020
Oh the celebration Joe is having with Jesus now! I can just see his huge joyous smile! I will cherish the welcoming warmth he always exuded.
Pam Anderson
Jan 14, 2020
So sorry to hear about this. He was a very good friend of my father. Prayers and condolences to the family.
Steve & Pam Akers
Jan 14, 2020
We are sad to hear this. Joe and Joyce were such a blessing to us, when we first came to FBN church. His smile and good humor will stay with us, until we meet again.
Pam Pickens
Jan 14, 2020
My heart is broken....I will never forget our McDonald trips during Sunday School growing up!!! Joe was a special man❤️
Linda and Rhonda
Jan 14, 2020
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Donald Joe Cowan by Linda and Rhonda.  Send flowers