Robert “Bob” Gowan

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Robert “Bob” Gowan, 74, of Gaylord, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

He was born the son of Myron Sr. and Sophie (Pawlak) Gowan, in Hazel Park, Michigan, on August 18, 1946.

Bob served two years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Okinawa for 11/2 years. 

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with friends and family.  Bob found God later in his life.  He was a dedicated caregiver to his father for ten years.  

Bob’s final years were difficult being wheelchair-bound.  He required assistance from ComForcare, who performed above and beyond their responsibilities of daily care. These strangers would soon become Bob’s family.  They often included their own family members in performing work inside and outside of Bob’s home. The Gowan family thanks these “guardian angels” and pray that God rewards them for the happiness they brought to Bob’s life.

A special thank-you goes out to Bob’s loving neighbors, Bob and Linda Fox, whose daily visits offered comfort and security not only to Bob but to his family, as well.

The family is also grateful for the services provided by N.E.M.C.S.A., especially the additional care from Amy and Carol.

Bob is survived by his brother, Myron Gowan Jr.; his sister, Nancy (Clyde) Miller; and many nieces and nephews.  

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Barbara (Jim) Johnsonbaugh and Judy (Gary) Winkler.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the attention of Lisa Yats at ComForCare, 814 S. Otsego Ave. Unit C, Gaylord Mi 49735, which will go to the workers that helped Bob.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

3 comments on “Robert “Bob” Gowan”

  1. Torrey Sweezey

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Bob sounds like he was a wonderful man. Prayers and hugs to you all, and may God bless and bring comfort and peace in this difficult time.

  2. James Reynolds

    Denny-Didn’t see Uncle Robert very much when I was a kid but I love them very much. He was a good man. Some good memories of Uncle Robert for me, would be out in the backyard up north at Grandma and Grandpa’s playing horseshoes and fishing with him there, as he pulled me out of the water when I fell into the lake, backwards. It was a big joke all night with us. I love him, and it’s my fault for not seeing him as much but I wish I would have. Funny how we always say that when it’s too late.

  3. As a caregiver for Robert, he touched my heart and changed me in many ways, for the better. We shared many stories, laughed , and he liked to play bowling on the Wii. As time went on I considered him family, and took care of him with each moment creating memories to last a lifetime. I am so glad I was able to be part of his life and learn so much . Robert was a very awesome man with so many different ways of teaching in a kind and loving way. I’m going to really miss him ❤️

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