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Roy Metcalfe Cowen
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Roy was born on April 22, 1921 in Edmonton, Alberta, the son of Fred Cowen and Ethel Metcalfe Cowen. Roy joined the Canadian Navy at the age to 18 and actively participated in WWII for six years, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

While on active duty he met his future wife, Olive, in Port Arthur during her vacation and he was assigned shore duty. They were ultimately married in February 1945 prior to the end of the war.

After the war, Roy attended podiatry school and became a doctor, graduating with honors as a salutatorian. He established a successful practice in the East Side of Milwaukee, Wisc. and became a brilliant surgeon.

In their mid 40s Olive and Roy adopted both Christopher Scott and Erin Elizabeth. They resided in a suburb of Milwaukee called “West Allis” for 60 years. Roy purchased a summer home on the Wisconsin River where the family often went to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Roy ultimately retired his practice, sold both homes and he and Olive resided in a Senior Living Community until the age of 92 and 94, respectively. They were moved to Utah in the summer of 2013 by their daughter Erin and granddaughter Ashley, where they live with Erin and her husband Perry. Ashley was asked to move to Utah to help with the care and feeding of her grandparents.

Roy was married to Olive for 70 years. Olive passed away in September of 2015. Roy turned 95 on April 22 and passed away four days later.

Roy was a proud and particular man. Both qualities could at times make dealing with him a little challenging but undoubtedly were qualities that contributed greatly to his many successes in his life. Roy will be greatly missed by all those he leaves behind all of whom loved and respected him.

He leaves behind his son, Christopher; daughter, Erin; and grandchildren, Ashley, Jennifer, Jessica and Cyril. Although a sad day for all of us, it is a joyous day for Roy as he joins Olive in heaven.

A graveside service was Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Paragonah Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.

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