Forrest Edwin Cowell

Forrest Edwin Cowell, 92, passed away August 4,2019 at Topeka, KS.  He was born December 19, 1926 to  John Imla and Edna Petermeyer Cowell at Clay Center, KS  He moved with his family to Topeka, KS in 1943 and graduated from Topeka High School in 1944.  He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps.   After his service, he entered Washburn University transferring to the University of Kansas  graduating in 1947 with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

After graduation Forrest was employed by Glenn L. Martin aircraft company of Baltimore, Md returning to Topeka in 1948.  He spent forty years as a civil engineer designing highways for the Kansas Department of Transportation retiring  in 1988.

Forrest and Eula Mae Geyer were united in marriage June 26, 1949 at the Oakland United Methodist Church celebrating seventy years of marriage this past June.

Forrest enjoyed his family and friends.  Traveling was a favorite family activity during the summer and later with Eula Mae during retirement visiting all of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, cruising the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, Canada, and Europe.

Music was a special interest, starting with playing the clarinet in school bands and singing lessons.  Until recently he used his tenor voice to share his faith in church choirs, as soloist and in small groups. 

Forrest was predeceased by his parents, brothers Robert and Walter Cowell and his son-in-law, Allen Guthrie. He is survived by his wife Eula Mae, daughters Ellen Guthrie and Sharon Miller, both of Topeka. Grandchildren  Erin Guthrie (Wil Warren), Kansas City, KS and Royce Guthrie (Kara), Fort Eustis, VA.  Great- grandchildren  Isabella, Tobias and Sebastian Guthrie, Fort Eustis, VA.  Thornton and Rockwell Warren, Kansas City, KS, sister-in-law Patricia Cowell, St. Charles, IL and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, Aug 10 at Aldersgate Village, Wesley Hall 7220 SW Asbury Dr. Topeka, KS.  Family will be available for visiting at 9:00 am before the service. Inurnment will be later at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 SW 15th St, Topeka, KS 66604 or  the Good Samaritan Fund, Aldersgate Village, 7220 SW Asbury Dr, Topeka, KS 66614.   

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  1. Ellen,
    I did not pick up on your father’s obituary last week. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Keep the good memories with you.

  2. Eula Mae–my sincere sympathies to you & your family. May God grant you peace & comfort during your time of sorrow & may it continue endlessly.
    Just returned home today from a trip so was unable to attend services. God bless.

  3. Sharon,
    So sorry to see this.
    I have a memory of your dad. It was the trip to Colorado and we were coming down the mountain from Cripple Creek and had pulled off at an overlook. Your dad asked me to feel the rear wheel. It was too hot to touch. He then asked what I thought and I told him the brakes needed to cool off. So you, Linda and I walked out to the overlook. When we got back to the car there had been another development…the keys were locked in the car. We were able to use my belt buckle and hook the door handle and get in. One of my favorite travel memories of all time.
    I know that you, Ellen and your Mom are missing him. He will also be missed by the Topeka community when his voice is gone from the choruses that he so proudly sang with.

    Ron Cathey

    • Ron, thank you for the remembrance of the Colorado time. I laughed remembering the incident. Fun time and Forrest did like to go to the Rockies! Best wishes to you.
      Eula Mae

    • Ron,
      What a wonderful memory! I remember a lot about the trip, but not about the brakes. I do remember about the locked car. What a hoot! We played a recording of Dad singing hymns as people came into the hall. Then Mom wanted to have a recording of Dad singing “My God and I” during the service. It was amazing. The songs had been recorded when he was 38, and his voice was at his prime.
      Ron, thank you for the memory. Mom called me the day it appeared, laughing, and wouldn’t tell me about it or who had written it; just told me to read the condolences, and I would figure it out! Thank you.

  4. Sharon – In memory of your father, the Auburn-Washburn USD 437 Board of Education and Administration have donated $20.00 to the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation. The Auburn-Washburn public Schools Foundation is an independent tax-exempt organization committed to enhancing, enriching, and expanding the educational opportunities in the Auburn-Washburn Community. The Board and Administration of the Auburn-Washburn School District join in extending heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Denise Taylor, USD 437 Board Clerk

  5. After so many years of suffering from health problems it is a blessing that he has passed on, You have many wonderful memories, Elizabeth Gilman

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