COWAN, HAROLD (HAL) our beloved husband and father, left this earth on
Monday, May 7, 2018 to be with his Father in Heaven. Hal was 82 years
old and would have become 83 on June 13th.
He is survived by his wife, Sally, of 53 years, his daughter, Lisa
Ann, and her partner Melanie Dirks, and his sister, Julia (Dan) Moore of McKinney, Texas. He was
predeceased by his father, Dr. Harold Cowan, Sr. and his mother,
Pastor Adam Hamilton will conduct the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on
Thursday, May 24th in the Wesley Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please mark your donation to The Church of the
Resurrection Foundation, 13720 Roe, Leawood, KS 66224
Mr. Cowan was born in Atchison, Kansas. Hal became a professional
organist at the age of 9. He entertained at three of the popular
hotels in downtown Kansas City until he was graduated from Atchison
High School. Since Hal was under age for entertaining in these
particular lounges that served alcohol, his father drove him every day
to Kansas City to provide the evening entertainment and waited for him
so he could get back to Atchison to do his homework.
His tenure at the Drum Room of the Hotel President lasted 14 years
during which time he commuted to KU every day where he earned his MBA.
Hal loved the music business and applied for a job at Jenkins Music
Company as a teacher. However, the owner of Jenkins Music Co. needed
sales help and Hal accepted that job instead.
This was definitely a “God” job as he loved people and got to know
many of them personally during that period. After the devastating
1977 flood on the Plaza, the owner decided he would rather be in
Arizona. This resulted in Hal becoming owner and CEO of the
company. To be able to re-open the store was a blessing as was being
able to retain all of his invaluable sales representatives.
One lady had to leave because of her husband’s illness and Hal’s wife
came down to re-organize the repair, delivery and business office.
The company grew from that one store on the Plaza to 6 stores. They
worked together until 1997 when they retired.
After being able to eliminate the long working hours, they were able
to have more time together as well as to being available to regularly
attend their beloved Church of the Resurrection. Hal and Sally
volunteered much time to the church until he was injured in surgery in
2013 which paralyzed him. He had to reduce his volunteer time because
of having to be in the wheelchair but was still able to see Pastor
Adam Hamilton conduct services via the wonderful invention of the
Hal always was a positive person and even after being paralyzed he
still contributed as much time as he could to COR. He loved his wife,
his daughter, his church and his dog.
Thank you, God, for this wonderful man. And, we all said “Amen.”
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