Raymond F. "Chub" Gowen, son of the late James Alfred and Minnie Jane Foster Gowen, was born in St. Louis, Mo. on May 14, 1920, and died in the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter, Mo. on March 12, 2011, at the age of 90.
Mr. Gowen had lived in Gray Ridge, Mo. most of his life until moving to Dexter in 1996. He appreciated God's creation in nature and enjoyed fishing, hunting and just being outdoors. He especially enjoyed the spring time.
On Aug. 2, 1941, he was married to Beatrice M. Tucker in Bloomfield. She preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 2005.
He is survived by one son and spouse, Billy Ray and Jean Gowen of Albuquerque, N.M.; three daughters and spouses, Wanda Sue and Charles Griffin, Paula Jean and Don Jones, all of Dexter, and Donna Joan and Alan Mansker of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren, LaTrisha Earnheart, Lyle Allen, Marla Catanach, Lisa Gowen, Thad Jones and Joshua Mansker; and eight great-grandchildren. Other relatives and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clifford, Jimmy and Jackie Gowen; five sisters, Virginia Livesay, Dorothy Hughes Parker, Mary Eaves, Bessie Gowen and one in infancy.
Visitation will be held at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, after 9:30 a.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Dean Williams of Dexter, Missouri officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.