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Gregory John Cowan, 61, of Mauston, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

He was born July 20, 1957, in Mauston, the son of John Paul and Evelynn (Pfaff) Cowan. After graduating from Mauston High School in 1975, he was united in marriage to Barbara Craine on Sept. 25, 1976. He worked at Doyle Handymark before working for Jim Kranz as a plumber where he earned his Journeyman license. He then went to work at Mauston Plumbing and Heating before getting his Master Plumbers license and starting his own business, Cowan Plumbing.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping with family and friends,having long sit-down chats about everything and anything, the occasional round of golf, and hobby farming. He was a volunteer fireman for the Mauston Fire Department for 28 years before retiring, but still continued to help with the annual Chicken barbecue.

He actively volunteered at his Parish, St. Patrick Catholic Church, helping over the years with different events at the annual Fall Festival, being a member of the Building and Grounds Committee, Ushering, and fixing any plumbing needs that would arise.He enjoyed playing cards and working on and driving his International Harvester tractors. He will be remembered for his animated story-telling, jokes, listening to his Classic Rock a little too loud, his infectious laugh, his Irish pride, and love for his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; his children, Jaime (Adam) Pouillie, Patrick (Megan) Cowan, Lisa (Brad) Vinopal and Shannon Cowan (boyfriend Brandon Feit); his grandchildren, Makenna and Ellie Pouillie, and Ryleigh and Toby Vinopal; and his mother, Evelynn. He is further survived by his sister, Pam (Randy) Hartje; nieces, Courtney and Brittney; sister-in-law, Joyce Carpenter; nieces and nephews, Crystal, Chuck, Nick, Kelly and Justin; brother-in-law, Richard (Kathy) Craine; and nephew, Andy.

He was preceded in death by his father, JP; mother; and father-in-law, Gerald and Shirley Craine; and sister-in-law, Sandra Craine.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 401 Mansion St., Mauston, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be donated to organizations at a later time.

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