Gary Duane McGowen, 66, of 10413 Circle East, Meadville, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie.
Gary was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Jan. 22, 1947, a son of the late Stanley A. and Thelma Lewis McGowen.
He was of the Lutheran faith.
For more than 10 years, Gary was employed by Brian’s Auto as a truck driver. He had previously been employed by Schneider for a period of two years, at the Day’s Inn where he worked in different capacities including food and beverage director, head chef as well as a manager. In his earlier years he had been employed by Crown America Corp.
He was a proud member of the Republican Party. Gary was a natural working with food, having created elaborate food displays and ice sculptures for which he won several competitions. He was an excellent cook and made flavored cheeses from scratch.
Gary loved playing pool and participated in many pool leagues. His favorite pool sticks were the ones he made for himself. Gary enjoyed reading everything and anything. But his greatest joy in life was being with his daughter, Heather. Taking care of her was his main concern.
Gary is survived by a daughter, Heather R. McGowen and her boy friend, David Campbell, of Eau Claire; his closest friend, Harry Miller of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, Stanley A. McGowen, and his mother, Thelma McGowen Schaffner, Gary was preceded in death by his stepfather, Bernard P. Schaffner; two brothers, Dennis A. McGowen and S. Richard (Dick) McGowen; a sister, Sarah (Sallie) E. Watson; and a nephew, David T. Watson.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date and time that is to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meadville Public Library, 848 N. Main St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.
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