Grayson Hebard Gowen

Mar 13, 2013 Staff

Former Riverton resident Grayson Hebard Gowen of Castle Rock, Colo., died Sunday, March 3, 2013. He was 76 years old.

He was born Oct. 27, 1936, to Walter and Lee Gowen in Portland, Ore. The family moved to Cheyenne during his grade-school years. He graduated in 1954 from Cheyenne High School. The Gray Gowens dixieland Band performed many high school dances and other events around Cheyenne.

He attended Northwestern University, receiving a bachelors in anthropology, then served three years in the U.S. Army at Brady Air Base in Japan, where he married Marie Salfisberg.

After serving he attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver and obtained a masters of divinity. He served Presbyterian churches in Riverton, Cedar City, Utah, and Rocky Ford, Colo.

He was a member of the Elks and Masons. He loved to play trumpet in church and also was a member of the Castle Rock City Band where he resided.

Family members said reading was his passion, along with love for his congregations.

Mr. Gowen is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie; son Todd; three grandchildren, Tessa, Kyla and Emma Gowen; his brother, Walter Kirby Gowen; several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Kirk F. Gowen.

He will be interred at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Colorado with military honors.

A memorial service will be held in Riverton at a later date. Memorial donations can be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Riverton.

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