William J. Cowan

January 27, 1926 - November 16, 2017

William J. Cowan (Bill), 91, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  Bill was born on January 27, 1926 in Geneva, IL, the son of Charles and Margaret (nee Molitor) Cowan.  He was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Hoyt on June 11, 1960 in Elburn, IL.

Bill grew up in the farming community of Elburn, IL.  He joined the Navy in 1944 and served in World War II in the South Pacific on the USS Pentheus.  He graduated from the University of Illinois as a Mechanical Engineer and spent most of his career at Barber-Greene.   He was a founding member of Blessed Sacrament Church and was instrumental in securing finances to build the current church.  Bill quietly modeled how to be successful in life through his love for family, his strong work ethic and his devotion to his faith.

Bill is survived by his five children; Daniel (Karen) Cowan, Douglas (Patricia) Kocher-Cowan, William (Lisa) Cowan, Mary Beth (Koji) Nagai and Margaret (Timothy) McGladdery, twelve grandchildren and a sister; Suzanne Boecher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of forty-five years, and infant daughter; Kathleen.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL 60510.  Funeral will begin at 9:30 AM on November 22, 2017 with prayers at the funeral home.  Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 801 Oak St., North Aurora, IL 60542.  Interment will be at St. Gall Cemetery in Elburn, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in William’s name to the The Hesed House, 659 River St. #2, Aurora, IL 60506.

For Additional information please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

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  • pfl My heart goes out to the family on the loss of your precious loved who has fallen asleep in death. May you find a measure of comfort from the Most High God's written Word the Bible (2Timothy 3:16 & Psalm 83:18). Please, notice how God's son Jesus viewed death at John 11:11-14. Yes, Jesus viewed death as one sleeping. And, God gives us hope in seeing our loved ones again in perfect health (Isaiah 33:24 & John 5:28, 29). And, the Bible even says where Psalm 37:11 and how long Psalm 37:29). Oh, what a time that will be! May you find some comfort in these few Scriptures. These Scriptures brought us some comfort when our dad and sister fell asleep in death. The God of comfort always keeps His word (Titus 1:2). Please, feel free to visit for answers to questions that may be unanswered.
  • Andy Cole My deepest sympathy. Megumi and I share your loss and will keep you in our prayers.
  • Nora I'm so sorry for your loss. The pain and grief of loosing someone we love can seem unbearable. Something that can be comforting is God's word. As 1 Corinthians 1:3&4 says; ...the God of all comfort, who comforts all in our trials...The Bible helps us to understand how God feels about death. Isaiah 25:8 says God will defeat our enemy death, and it will be gone forever. -More comforting truths can be found in a book called "What Does the Bible Really Teach". I hope you will look into this subject further. I know it will bring you comfort and peace as it did me. Sincerely, Nora
  • Diane Kerruish So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You were very fortunate to have him in your lives and the lives of your families for many years. May you find comfort in the warmth of family and friends. The John Kerruish family.
  • Russ and Anne McCrimmon We were so sorry to hear about Bill, as he was an important part of our lives. We have so many wonderful memories of our times together, From trips to Chicago, to building a house, to just visiting when we got to Illinois. We know you will miss him and hope you will remember the wonderful times you had together. Love, Top and Anne
  • Sandy (McCrimmon) Henry I am so sorry for your loss. I have many good memories filled with laughter from the get-togethers our families had. I hope those memories can ease your pain. Prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way.
  • Walters We send the family are deepest sympathy. We send each of them love and peace. We enjoyed my friendship with Bill and his family. Love, The Walters Family