Andy Leslie Cowan


Andy Leslie "Leslie" Cowan died April 15, 2019 at the Ben Atchley
Tennessee State Veterans Home, Knoxville where he was a resident for the last two years.
He was born March 9, 1926 in Kidder, Wayne County, Ky. to Andrew
Chrisman Cowan and Aultie Hardwick Cowan.
They moved to Beardstown, Ill. in the 1930's where Andrew farmed for many years.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific. After discharged he enrolled at Bradley University in Peoria Ill.
He was called back into service in 1950 for the Korean conflict.
He was discharged again in 1952 and married Rachel Catherine
He graduated from Bradley in 1954 with a degree in civil engineering. After graduation, Leslie took a position with Babcock & Wilcox.
His career took the family to 10 states.
In 1963 the Cowans settled near Houston, TX. He worked for EBASCO
and built power plants for Houston Lighting & Power.
After retirement, Leslie and Rachel moved to Sun City Center, Fla.
Rachel Cowan died there in 2004 and Leslie moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn. in 2008.
During his Oak Ridge years he enjoyed birding, visiting cousins in Kentucky, and participating at Faith Lodge # 756 F&AM.
He was preceded in death by his siblings-Coy Cowan, Edmond Cowan,
Pauline Makdisi, Christine Holthoff, Howard Cowan, and Richard Cowan.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law-Elaine and Paul
Mueller of Oak Ridge Tenn.; granddaughter-Ruth Ann Mueller of
Washington D.C.; sister-Opal Schmidt of Lincoln, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
Burial was in the National Cemetery at Bushnell, Fla.
Published on May 7, 2019
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