Ray Michael Cowan



Ray M. Cowan

Subic Bay 1964

Rainer, Washington

Ray Michael Cowan, 68, of Rainier, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at his home from cancer. He was born Feb. 12, 1938 in Vancouver, Wash., to Rufus "Ted" Jimison and Irja (Blum) Cowan.

Mr. Cowan was raised in the Westport area and graduated from Clatskanie High School in 1956.

He served four years in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Skagit AKA-105 delivering ammunition to the war effort in Vietnam.

He married Kay Bonser Sept. 30, 1961 in Vancouver, Wash. She survives and lives at their home in Rainier.

He owned and operated Clatskanie Floral from 1985 to 2002. He worked for Oregon State Game Commission and in construction and security fields. He was a member of the Clatskanie Public Utilities District and was elected to the board of directors in 1998, serving until his death.

He was a hunter, trapper, commercial clam digger and fisherman. Family members said he liked picking wild blackberries, making jam and giving it away. He enjoyed cutting firewood in his later years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Cowan of Kelso, Wash.; two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Claire Cowan of Kelso; a brother, Robert Cowan of Astoria; two nieces; and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by a son, Keith Bryan Cowan on July 22, 1990. A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Haakinson-Groulx Mortuary Chapel, 225 S.E. Third Street, Clatskanie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clatskanie Volunteer Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 807, Clatskanie, OR 97106 or American Cancer Society, Oregon Division Inc., 330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, OR 97201.