Robert S. Cowden, 85, passed on into the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Weirton Medical Center.
Born in Burgettstown, PA, on December 17, 1933, Bob was the son of Mark and Gladys (Scott) Cowden.
He attended the Burgettstown schools and graduated from Union High School in 1951. Following graduation, he signed a minor league baseball contract with the Brooklyn, now Los Angeles, Dodgers and spent two years in their system. He then spent the next two years in the Army, followed by four years at Waynesburg College, graduating in 1960. It was there he met and later married, in 1961, Patricia (Rohanna) Cowden. Bob retired from Weirton Steel in 1996, with 36 years of service, the last 21 years in Information Systems.
Bob was very active in church work and over the years served as Deacon and Elder. He and Pat taught Sunday School for over 40 years. In his latter years he was a member of the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church.
Preceding Bob in death was a sister, Betty Buckwalter; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Millie) Rohanna. Survivors, including the love of his life, Pat; are sons, Robert (Karen) of Cranberry Township, PA, Mark (Christal) and David (Allison), both of Weirton; granddaughters, Elizabeth, Sarah, Elise, Michaela, Bethany, Kaleigh and Elliana; and grandson, Adam. Also surviving are sisters, Donna (Raoul) Gaubert and Sue (Ken) Howell; brothers-in-law from the Rohanna family, include Buddy (Janet), Joe, Gary (Suzanne) and Randy (Maureen); 10 nieces and 15 nephews also survive.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton.
Additional visitation will be held Wednesday, from 10 a.m., until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church, 121 Ivy Street Weirton, WV. Rev. William C. Stout will preside.
Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Florence, PA, with military honors conducted by the WV National Guard and American Legion Post 10.
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