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Richard Cowles - November 30, 2010


Richard Otis Cowles was born Jan. 16, 1921, to Otis and Selma Riedler Cowles in Thruston, Neb. He died Nov. 30, 2010, in North Platte, Neb.
He grew up in Thurston County and had fond memories of working on the farm for Ed and Marg McQuistan.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a Machinist Mate on a mine sweeper in the Aleutian Islands and South Pacific during World War II. After his ship took a Kamikaze plane and sank he was given shore duty. He was discharged from the Navy in 1945.
On Jan. 12, 1947, Dick was married to Joy McCallum in Wauneta, Neb. To this union two daughters were born.
Dick was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He served as Worshipful Master of Wauneta AF & AM Lodge #21 in 1954. He held the office of Custodian in the Grand Lodge for several years. He was the Associate Guardian of Job’s Daughters Bethel #43 in Wauneta while his daughters, Peggy and Cindy, were active members.
From 1949 until his retirement in 1986, Dick was a rural mail carrier. He carried routes out of Wauneta until 1972 when he was transferred to Trenton where he carried routes out of Trenton and Stratton. He took pride in always getting the mail delivered in all road conditions.
For many years after his retirement Dick would either be found fishing or out in his shop working with wood. He made wooden trains and trucks for the grandsons and Barbie doll furniture for the granddaughters.
?Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Ernest Morrison; sisters: Clara Miller, Gladys Weed and a brother, Arnold Cowles.
?He is survived by his wife, Joy, of 63 years; two daughters, Peggy Warner and Cindy (Tim) Litz all of North Platte; four grandchildren: Jamie (Matt) Nutt of Curtis, Jordan Warner of Cozad, Mick (Kortnie) Litz, Lincoln, and Angie Litz, Hastings; one great grandson, Coby; brother-in-law Clint (Betty) McCallum and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Burial was at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with military honors graveside.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com?