Lonnie Dean McGowen, age 72, son of Clifford and Syrena (Carter) McGowen was born July 18, 1941 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He passed away peacefully January 29, 2014 at Texas County Memorial Hospital following a struggle with cancer.
Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Gene McGowen.
Lonnie grew up in the Bucyrus area and graduated from Houston High School in 1960. He married his best friend, Roxie Pearcy, on May 11, 1963, and to this union three children were born.
He is survived by his wife, Roxie, of the home in Houston, Missouri, and three children: Kevin McGowen and wife Brenda of Houston, Missouri; Kelly Head and husband Heath of Houston, Missouri; and Karla Hinkle and husband Matt of Marshfield, Missouri, three grandchildren: Jenna, Megan and Mason, and two great-grandchildren: Hunter and Levi. He is also survived by a sister Sharon Williams and husband Leon of Bucyrus, Missouri.
Lonnie was a member of Ozark Baptist Church and was baptized August 11, 1974.
He and Roxie owned and operated the Trophy Shop for thirty-five years. They owned L & R Mobile homes from 1972 to present. They also owned and operated L & R Skating rink for ten years in the 1980’s. Lonnie held a real estate license, and he was a pilot, flying with Jim Brallier all over the United States.
Lonnie was an avid fisherman. He thoroughly enjoyed camping and fishing with his buddies at the surrounding lakes, catching his limit, soaking up the sun and just enjoying his time there. He loved to chauffeur Miss Roxie on various adventures, having a good time just being together.
His greatest enjoyment was being around his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services were Saturday Feb. 1, at 2 PM in the Evans Funeral Home. Rev. Kendall Ford officiated, with burial in Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bud Biram, Heath Head, Matt Hinkle, Doug Collins, David Fisher and Donald McCallister. The family requested memorials be made to the Texas County Food Pantry. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com