He was born Sept. 24, 1932 to Freda and Fred McGowan. He married Kathryn Twite on April 26, 1982.
He served in the Army from 1951-1957 and was a member of the American Legion Post 191.
Survivors include five step-children, Jill (Greg) Hahn, Caledonia; Joy (Dale) Gavin, Winona; Jeff Twite; Julie Twite and James (Joni) Twite, all of Caledonia; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister Patricia Allen; a brother Joesph McGowan and loyal dog Chester.
He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn in 2008 and by three sisters and six brothers.
A family graveside service will be held with military honors.
McCormick Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.