Cowgill, Hollis

Hollis Cowgill, 82, of Morenci, Mich., died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Morenci, the son of Hollis and Laurette (Knapp) Cowgill. On July 4, 1948, in Fayette, Ohio, he married Imogene Link and she survives.

Hollis was a life-long Morenci resident. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a signalman and was stationed in Japan immediately after the atom bomb.

Hollis worked as an electrician for most of his adult life. He retired in 1993, after 15 years of service at Adrian College.

He was a life member of the Morenci American Legion Post #368 and a member of the 40/8 Post #997 in Adrian.  He was active in both posts and served the 2nd District as committee man, which included four Michigan counties.  He was chairman of several programs including the Press Association and the Poppy Committee.

Besides his wife, Imogene, Hollis is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (and Robert) Rinehart of Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons, Ray (and Cheryl) Cowgill of Morenci and Micheal (and Alice) Cowgill of Palm Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Mary Gregory of Sandusky, Ohio.

Hollis was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Ann Cramer.

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion Nursing Scholarship Fund.