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Edgar McGowan

February 1, 1922 — May 16, 2015

Life Story for Edgar "Ed" McGowan

Colonel Edgar McGowan passed away on May 16, at home with his beloved wife Connie and family at his bedside. Ed fell on May 8, sustaining injuries that resulted in his death.

Ed was part of the "Greatest Generation." He enlisted in the Army in the spring of 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He fought with the 11th Airborne in the Pacific theatre. After the war, using the G.I. Bill, he attended Brown University graduating with the class of 1950. Plans to attend Boston College School of Law were scrapped when he was recalled by the Army for the Korean War. He received his commission during the war and began his military career of 35 years. In the mid 50's he was assigned to the new, fledgling Special Forces division. Most of his remaining years of service were spent in Special Forces, including two tours of duty in Viet Nam with 5th Special Forces.

After retiring, Ed lived in New York for 10 years before moving to Ketchum in 1991. He met his second wife Connie on Christmas day 1993 and they had 21 years of skiing, hiking, biking and travel together. She was the love of his life and they were totally devoted to one another. Ed spent many hours volunteering with St. Luke's hospital, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Blaine County Recreation Department cross country ski patrol, and the Forest Service among others. He was also an active member of the local American Legion post.

Ed was born in Framingham, MA, on February 1, 1922, and grew up in North Attleboro, MA, the oldest of four children. He is survived by his brother Jack of Boston. His sisters, Claire Cameron and Marie "Cunnie" McGowan, predeceased him. He is also survived by his daughters Nancy and Liz McGowan of San Antonio, TX, and three grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Snows on Friday, May 29th at 1:00 PM. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Friday May 29th at 1:00 pm. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850.

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