Guy Harold Gowen, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2022 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 92. He was greeted in heaven by his wife “Patsy”, and his identical twin brother Glen, both of whom he has missed greatly since their passing. Glen and Sallie had six sons in the same time span that Guy and Pat had their five girls! The twins were truly two halves of one whole! Guy was predeceased by his wife Pat, twin brother Glen, parents Anna and Hesie Gowen and sister Shirley Andrews.
Guy is survived by daughters Gail(Dave)McCrady, Lucas, Texas; Julie(Tom)Trigg, Dallas, Texas; Jean Gowen, Olympia, Washington; Carol(Tom) Noltensmeyer, Sherman, Texas; Amy(Terry) Limback, Alma, Missouri; grandchildren Mandy(Steve)Griffin, Ryan(Jen)McCrady, Whitney(Cody)Parks, Peter(Mikaela)McCrady, Perry Kroll, Aaron Trigg, Isabel Vanderslice, Samantha Kroll, Julia Vanderslice, Jake Noltensmeyer and step-granddaughter Kayla(Chad)Ohrenberg. He also leaves behind sisters Beverly Campbell, Omaha, NE; Marian Monaghan, Omaha, NE; and sister-in-law Carolyn Miller, Phoenix, AZ, as well as great-grandchildren: Molly and Kate McCrady; Elizabeth and John Griffin; Macy Parks; grand-nephew Cordel Duhart; step-grandchildren Sena, Charlotte and Myra Ohrenberg.
Guy was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 27, 1929 and was a proud Benson High School Bunny, Nebraska football fan and a very loyal Nebraskan, even after leaving the state for job opportunities in other areas.
Guy married the love of his life, Patricia Ruth Buckley, who he met his senior year of high school when her family moved to Omaha. They married in 1950 and navigated their path in life together for 62 years. They had five daughters, Gail, Julie, Jean, Carol and Amy. Guy always credited Pat with faithfully raising the girls and being the caretaker of the home and family. He was a fortunate man to be cared for during his life by this group of ladies! Pat passed away in 2013, and Guy was left with a hole in his heart. He was such a strong fighter that he weathered that loss and battled to continue on through loneliness without her. He later took care of Pat at home throughout her long battle with dementia as well as his own battle with cancer. Guy loved hunting, making peanut brittle for friends and after retirement he developed a passion for golf and enjoyed feeding the birds in his backyard.
Growing up, Guy was raised and nurtured in the Baptist Church, which had a tremendous influence on his entire life and gave him his moral compass from which he never wavered. He was most recently a member of Overland Park Baptist Temple, which was a real inspiration and support system in his later years.
Guy and his twin brother Glen were adopted at three months of age by Anna and Hesie Gowen. In his later life he discovered his birth family when his grandson, Ryan, developed an interest in genealogy. He asked his grandfather’s permission to search for his birth family - and Guy surprisingly agreed! That eventually led to finding his three wonderful sisters, who all still lived in Omaha! The twins previously had no interest in such a search, but when all the families met seven years ago, it was like they had always known each other! This discovery was such a blessing to both brothers, and they loved their sisters from the beginning!
Guy was employed by Standard Oil Company for over 40 years, and that employment brought him from Omaha to Des Moines, Iowa and later to Kansas City, where he settled in Overland Park and raised his family. His last move was in August 2021, to live with his daughter Gail, as well as to be close to his daughters Julie and Carol, all in the Dallas area. We all cherish the memories we have made with him, and are comforted knowing that he is now in heaven in the presence of his Lord and Savior.
A memorial service will take place at Overland Park Baptist Temple, 11648 Antioch, OP, KS 66210 on Saturday March 12 at 12:00pm, preceded by visitation at 11:00am and followed by a reception at 1:00pm, both at the church. Interment will be held at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Overland Park Baptist Temple or International Waldenstrohm’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation 6144 Clark Center Avenue Sarasota, FL 34238.