Donald Richard Gowin


    Donald Richard Gowin of West Plains, Missouri, formerly of St. James, Missouri, was born in Kane, Illinois on May 23, 1929 to Leslie and Freda (Baum) Gowin and passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the age of 91 years.


    Donald married Barbara (Flatt) Gowin on January 25, 1950. Barbara preceded him in death on July 1, 1983. Donald then married Evelyn Vedder on August 4, 1984.
    Donald was baptized at an early age and served in ministry most of his adult life. He was ordained and served churches in Illinois including New Hope Baptist and Virginia First Baptist with Barbara by his side. He then moved his family to Missouri to attend Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri, obtaining his bachelors in theology. After graduation, he served at First Baptist Church in Wyaconda, Missouri. He became Director of Missions for the Eleven Point River/Shannon County Baptist Association in 1979 and later moved to the Phelps County Baptist Association from which he retired in 1990.
    He and Evelyn then served as volunteers in Campers on Mission and had a clown ministry. They had the opportunity to travel to Belarus on mission and also traveled to the Holy Lands as well as Peru.
    Donald proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
    He was passionate about his family and moved to West Plains, Missouri where he would spend his remaining time being closer to family. He was an avid Cardinal fan and never missed a game.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Freda Gowin; wife, Barbara; wife, Evelyn; brother, Arnold; sister, Mildred; and brothers, Raymond and Norman.
    He is survived by his children, Dennis (Terri) Gowin of Slidell, Louisana, Donna Gowin of Koshkonong, Missouri, Dirk (Nickie) Gowin of Louisville, Kentucky and Dixie (John) Williams of West Plains Missouri; grandchildren, Sarah and Anna Gowin, Anthony Gowin, Ryan (Anna) Williams, and Kelsey (Tyler) Moser; six great grandchildren; brothers, Ronald (Pam) Gowin of Jerseyville, Illinios, Wilbur (Meda) Gowin of Jerseyville, Illinois and Robert (Anne) Gowin of Jerseyville, Illinois; sister, Joyce Tappy of East Alton, Illinois; other relatives and friends.
    Graveside services with full military honors were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the St. James Cemetery in St. James, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.