Sept. 18, 1932 — Sept. 24, 2013
Donald Griffith Cowgill, 81, of Lebanon died Sept. 24 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born in Lebanon to Thomas Griffith Cowgill and Annette (Weatherford) Cowgill, the third of four sons.
At age 7 the family moved to Albany. He attended Albany schools, graduating from Albany Union High in 1950. On Nov. 3, 1951, he married Veda Joy Schulze. They have three sons: attorney Michael Griffith, Albany; Lt Col Ret. Air Force Craig Alan, Sisters; and Dr. Steven Donald, Salem. Another one of their “sons” is Veda’s younger brother, Larry Schulze, Eugene.
Don’s family was his pride and joy. Growing up, the family went on lots of camping, fishing and hunting trips. They enjoyed boating, water skiing, crabbing and clamming.
Don loved hunting with his friends and three sons; Eastern Oregon was his favorite place to explore. He was an avid golfer and was most competitive. Don was a lifelong sports fan who passionately rooted for the Beavers and the Trail Blazers. A dog lover, he also raised and trained field trial dogs.
Don worked at Nissen Ford for 39 years before retiring as general manager. He was a terrific salesman known for his honesty and integrity. Early in his adult life the family farmed, growing a variety of grass seed and vegetable crops. After retirement, the couple went to Palm Desert to spend the winters in their RV.
Don attended Southside Church of Christ in Lebanon and had many friends there.
Don is survived by his wife, Veda, of 61 years; sons Michael and wife Cheryl, Craig and wife Chris, and Steven and wife Deborah; brother Thomas and wife Mary, Albany; brother-in-law Larry Schulze and wife Andrea Coffman; sister-in-law Vera Stalnaker, Independence; grandchildren Caila and husband Brian Murphy, Kyle, Scott and wife Ashley, Katharine, Brett and wife Brittany, Stacia and Lisa Cowgill; and great-grandchildren Hudson, Abigail and Stryder Murphy and Karis Cowgill. He also had many beloved nieces and nephews that he thought so much of.
He was preceded in death by brothers James Richard and Kenneth Lee.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Albany First Assembly of God Church, followed by a lunch.
“The family wishes to sincerely thank Samaritan Evergreen Hospice for their wonderful care of our loved one and for making our family so welcome and cared for too.”
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House or to Southside Church of Christ in Lebanon in care of AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home.
AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling arrangements (www.aasum-