Cowger, John F. "Jack" (July 21, 1917 - November 13, 1996)

John "Jack" Cowger

Douglas Budget - November 20, 1996

Graveside services and interment for John F. "Jack" Cowger, 79, were Saturday at Douglas Park Cemetery with Rev. Bill Moore of First United Methodist Church officiating.

Mrs. (sic)Mr. Cowger, a lifelong resident of Douglas, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996, at Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver.

He was born July 21, 1917, at the Morton Ranch near Douglas to John and Nettie (Fowler) Cowger. He was reared and educated in Douglas. He married Merle Cunningham on Jun 1, 1954.

He and his brother Ed had an electric shop and he also worked for Bryan Edwards. He started working in the coin-operated machine business early on in life, working for Clare Albaugh and later as owner-operator of Juke Box Jack for 50 years. He was still active in that business at the time of his death.

Mr. Cowger loved people and working in his shop, inventing and improving any new machine he ever purchased. He was a founder and annual participant of the Knights of the Silver Spruce. He had many friends everywhere. He belonged to Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, Moose Lodge #602 and the Elk's Lodge. He was civic minded and was always ready to do any community service.

He is survived by his son, Ron Cowger and wife Terry of Redmond, Wash.; brother Edwin Cowger of Douglas, sister Velma Reeves of Sheridan; and granddaughter Burgundy Cowger of Redmond. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Vicki and Lynn Haines of Casper and their children Vicki Lynn Piralesh and children Katie and Erich of California and Debbie Haines of Arizona; Jeff and Jan Cowger and children Matthew and Carrie of Gilbert, Ariz.; Judy and Ron Robben and children Brent, Scott and Stephanie Maiers of Lakewood, Colo.; and John and Susan Cowger and sons Ryan and Adam of Cody.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Merle on June 3, 1995.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Sack, Stan Hess, Tommy Peterson, Rob Robben, John Cowger, Lynn Haines and Dave Edwards. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Gene Morvee, Bill Oak, Larry Tennant, Nick Bliss, Jerry Burback, Ross Kent and Jeff Cowger.

A memorial to the Converse County Heart Fund in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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