William Alexander (Bill) Cowan Jr.
William Alexander (Bill) Cowan Jr. age 87 of Saginaw, Texas, died at 11:41 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Odyssey House Hospice in Ft. Worth, Texas after a long illness.
Born September 3rd, 1925, in Los Angeles, California, he was the son of William Alexander Cowan Sr. and Ruby Frank Cowan Reed. He is survived by two sisters Barbara Reeves and Margaret Pemberton, one brother Richard Cowan, numerous nephews and nieces. On October 11, 1952, he married Anita Kathyrn Grafa in Ft. Worth, Texas. She survives him after 60 years of marriage along with two sons, Alan (Donna) Cowan of Boerne, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Andrea and Douglas (April) Cowan of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and their children Tara (Brandon) Beauchamp, Ryan, Tyler and Haleigh, two daughters, Phylis Hornick (Alonzo) Davis of Ft. Worth, Texas, and her children Devin and Robyne and Kathy (John) Koza of College Station, Texas, and their son John Jr. He also leaves two great-grandchildren, Ashlynn and Ethan Beauchamp. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John “Jack” Cowan.
Mr. Cowan proudly served in the United States Air Force during W.W. II and in the Korean War. He was a highly decorated war hero and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions as a gunner in Korea. He served with the 839th Bomb Squadron (The Gentlemen From Hell), 487th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in England and the 13th Bomb Squadron (The Devils Own Grim Reapers), 3rd Bomb Group, 5th Air Force in Korea. After his retirement from service, Mr. Cowan was instrumental in the reactivation of the 13th Bomb Squadron now assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri. He held positions with the Saginaw Police Department, UTA Security and J&L Tank Co. in Saginaw. After retirement he liked to make birdhouses and tinker in his shop.
A cremation followed by interment in the D.F.W. National Cemetery will be followed by a “Celebration of Life” service at a later date.