Gene Cowen, age 79, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away Sunday, November 23. Funeral services for 79 year-old Gene Cowen will be Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to service time at the funeral home.
He was born on May 15, 1935 to Norredden and Elvia Arline (Travis) Cowen. He married Betty Jane Martha Hoehne; she survives.
Gene graduated from Greenville High School, class of 1953, and Ranken Trade School in Industrial Electrical Technology, class of 1955. Gene started his career with IBM and shortly after was called to duty in the Army for two years. Upon his discharge from the Army he rejoined IBM and retired as a system analyst after 37 years of service. He then began a second career as a real estate agent with his wife. Gene ascended to Master of Masonic Lodge #21 in Rochester, MN in 1982 and achieved the 32 Degree, later joining Osman Shrine in Minneapolis, MN.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years Betty Jane Martha Cowen; Daughters, Susan (husband, Jerry) Briere and Diane (husband, Ken) Johnson; Son, N. Gene Cowen Jr.; Grandchildren, Marcus, Alex, Emily and Caleb; Brother, Neil Cowen; and a host of extended family.