(September 1, 1927 - May 22, 2012)
St. George, Utah - Keith Everard Cowdell, passed peacefully from this life after complications from a stroke on May 22, 2012. He was surrounded by his family at his beautiful home in St. George Utah. He was born in Bingham Canyon, Sept 1, 1927 to Everard J and Stella Draper Cowdell. His growing up years in Copperton, UT were adventuresome and full of precious memories. Keith graduated from Bingham High School and began working at Kennecott Copper Mine when he was 18 years old. He retired from the mine after 30 years of service.
In June of 1950 he married the "Best Catch Of His Life." Kittie Laurece Litster in Memory Grove, SLC, Utah. Later they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised five wonderful Children in Salt Lake and Springdale Utah. A Son Kraig J. Cowdell, (deceased 1970), Judy L (Frank) Fisher, Kim L (Julie) Cowdell, Loraine K Cowdell, all of St George, Mark P (Holly) Cowdell, Alpine, UT
His interests included wood working, landscaping and gardening, loved and raised birds of all kinds, fishing, music, puzzles, hunting, poetry, coin collecting, teasing others and making people laugh. He loved water fights and nature with all its beauties. He always left a place better than he found it. He enjoyed working with the Scouts and helping as a Financial Clerk in his LDS Wards for many years.
He is survived by his Angelic, Loving, Wife of 62 years, 4 Children, 15 Grandchildren and 25 ½ Great Grandchildren, a Sister Sherry Bentley and his Brothers Marion (Freddie) Cowdell and Frank (Pat) Cowdell. Preceeding him in death, in addition to his Son Kraig, are his Parents and his 4 Sisters, Barbara Walters, Polly Porter, Faye Scott, and Joan Gappmayer.
Funeral services will be held Saturday May 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pineview Ward located at 595 N 2450 E. St. George, Utah. A Viewing will be held from 9:30-10:30 prior to the Services at the Church. Graveside Celebration is planned at Larkin Memorial Gardens 10600 S 1700 E Sandy, Utah Tuesday May 29th at 1:00 p.m.
Here is a copy of Keith's book, From Frogtown to Paradise.
Oh my the awesome memories!! My sincere condolences to all of you. How is it that I can't find my car keys or glasses but yet I remember a man that made such a difference in my young life, the many trips to Bingham and the many scouting outings, the sleep overs with my dear friend Mark, the pigeons, the sleeping on the trampoline in the back yard, The BB gun fights, idealizing Kim, and a crush on loraine. Wow what an awesome man my Mr. Cowdell was. All of you touched my life and I think of you often. I pray u all are ok! Lastly! I always thought Mr Cowdell was cool cuz he drove the old car with a clutch and the shifter on the steering column....... Ha! Imagine that! Love you Chuck Griffiths
— Chuck Griffiths
I am grateful for this man's life and his son's Mark and Kim. They have helped me with my life plan and are good friends. May pleasant memories be of comfort at this time.
— Sheila Lee
He made me laugh when no one else could. He taught me things only he could have. He made sure I knew right from wrong and he had a way of making me feel loved and important. I will miss him deeply.
— Judy Fisher
Yes, I agree! And also, that Mark and Kim are two of the finest men in the world. Just like their Dad. Not to mention Kraig and my Sisser, Judy. I feel extremely privileged and blessed to get to be part of this family
— Loraine Cowdell
Our sympathy and prayers are with you. With Love, York and Laurie Fitzgerald
— York Fitzgerald
What a great Father. Sure love you Dad!
— Mark Cowdell
Cowdell family, you have my deepest sympathy. Mr. Cowdell was a sincerely sweet man. Rejoice in his life and be blessed with love, prayers and strength to see you through. God Bless you!!!!
— Pat Fesler
Frank, your brother was an inspiration to all of us old Binghamites. May you find joy in your memories of a great brother. Dave White (class 0f 530
— David White, Provo
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cowdell family. We love you all and are thinking of you at this time. Love, The Lewis Family
— Deanna Thomas
I am so sorry for your loss. He sound like he was such a great man. I know how you will miss him. You are in my prayers. I will cover for you until you feel like you want to come back love you
— Sheila Carter
My thoughts and prayers go out the family of Keith Cowdell. It is never easy to lose your father. I am very grateful for Keith's two sons Mark and Kim who have enriched my life immensely and are two of the finest men I know. Just like their Dad.
— Brad Bradley
He was the best Dad and person ever!
— Kim Cowdell