Billy Bruce Cowser
Our beloved father and grandfather, Billy Bruce Cowser, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2018, surrounded by loving family members. After a lifetime of service to others, he is now reunited with his eternal companion and other loved ones beyond the veil.
Bill was born on October 22, 1924, in Winnsboro, Texas to Sam and Vera Cowser. After high school, he attended college at Texas A&M where he later earned his degree in Electrical Engineering. Bill met and fell in love with Shirley Healey during WW II, and they corresponded until he came home from the war, having served in the Pacific in the US Navy. They were married in Salt Lake City in 1946. They are the parents of five children.
Bill worked as an engineer and a manager for Union Carbide for over 30 years, working in Texas, California, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, and Brazil. He enjoyed living in foreign countries, endeavoring to learn the language of the country wherever he lived.
Bill served his Church in many capacities throughout the world, and was loved everywhere he went. He served in many local callings as well as in the Provo MTC Presidency, and as Regional Representative in Australia and in the US Central States area. Natural missionaries wherever they lived, Bill and Shirley also served two full-time missions together for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — first presiding over the Auckland, New Zealand Mission and then in Recife, Brazil.
Another passion Bill had throughout his life was family history and temple work. He was a temple ordinance worker in the Provo and Mt. Timpanogos temples and spent countless hours serving as a patron in the St George temple.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Shirley, and his sister, Elizabeth Chitsey. He is survived by his brother, Jack Cowser, and his five children, Cathi Stewart (Val), Jane Bunker (Phil), Bruce Cowser (Teresa), Linda Patch (Mike), and Steve Cowser (Kelly). Bill has 22 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11am, Saturday, September 22 at the Lindon 9th Ward meetinghouse at 325 E. Canal Drive, Lindon, UT, with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30am. The interment will be at the Alpine, Utah Cemetery. Family and friends may also call at Walker-Sanderson Funeral Home at 646 E. 800 N., Orem, UT, on Friday, September 21 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on www.walkersanderson.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.