Robert Irving Cowling of Dillard, Missouri was born July 5, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri to Irving and Margaret Cowling. And passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the age of 83 years, 8 months and 19 days.
Robert graduated from Cherryville High School.
From 1952 to 1960 he was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard.
In November of 1993 he married Gayla Chapel.
He was employed for St. Louis Can Company, Chrysler Corporation, became an independent owner and operator of a trucking company and later worked for over 25 years as an over the road truck driver for Yellow Freight. He also worked part-time for Mid America Coach.
Robert was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved the outdoors whether it was hunting, working cattle or riding his horses. He loved all animals.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Margaret Cowling; first wife, Betty Hogan Cowling; daughter, Phyllis Jean Wiest; granddaughters, Anna Wiest and Aubrey Nothum; grandson, Colin Wiest; great-granddaughter, Dysamae Minson; and brother, William Cowling.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Gayla Cowling of Dillard, Missouri; children, Anya (Bryan) Allred of Orem, Utah, Bobbi (Peter) Benesh of Loveland, Colorado, Forrest (Beth) Cowling of New Hope, Missouri, Christopher (Andrea) Cowling of Caldwell, Idaho, Milton Cowling of Jonesburg, Missouri and Ret. Lt. Col. Daniel (Kristina) Cowling of Fredericksburg, Virginia; step-children, Benjamin (Jillian) Campbell of Kenya, Nairobi, Casey (Timothy) Nothum of Washington, Missouri, Chanda (Todd) Hakanson and Cinnamon (Jarek) Michalik all of Chesterfield, Missouri; brother, John (Loretta) Cowling of Cuba, Missouri; sister-in-law, Joyce Cowling of Rolla, Missouri; 47 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with President Herman Blau of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Salem Branch President Dee Chipman officiating. The Eulogy was shared by Diane Cape.
Music of “Beulah Land” was sung by Anna Edgar, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Go Rest High” was sung by Chevonne Allred accompanied on guitar by Bryan Allred, “It’s a War” was sung and played by Kim and Kevin Abney and “Una Paloma Blanca” was sung by Brenda Castor. Congregational hymns of “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Abide With Me; ‘Tis Eventide” were sung.
Sharing memories were Lt. Col. Daniel Melvin Cowling, Milton Earl Cowling and Cinnamon Campbell Michalik. Opening prayer was given by Anya Cowling Allred and closing prayer was by Forrest Irving Cowling.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Brush Creek Cemetery, Gray Summit, Missouri with full military honors by the U.S. Army, Washington VFW Post #2661 and St. Louis Patriot Guard.
Prayers were given by Chanda Campbell Hakanson. A musical number was done by Brenda and Marc Castor and grave dedication by Christopher Robert Cowling and “Taps” played by Austin Benesh on trumpet. Bagpipes were played by Chris Apps.
Casket bearers were Forrest Cowling, Milton Cowling, Christopher Cowling, Chris Gibbs, Lee Zufelt and Dan Cape. Honorary bearers were Benjamin Campbell, Daniel Cowling and John Cowling.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.