Eugene McGowan

Oct 24th, 1929 - Mar 3rd, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Mar. 6th, 2019 5 - 8 pm


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Thu, Mar. 7th, 2019 11 am


Egyptian Memorial Gardens

Thu, Mar. 7th, 2019

Eugene McGowan

Eugene McGowan, 89, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:16 am at his home in Marion.

Eugene was born October 24, 1929 in Creal Springs the son of Ralph and Myrtle May (Hood) McGowan. He married Gypsy J. Allen on August 7, 1951 at Cana Church and together they have shared over 67 years of marriage.

Eugene was a man of God and the oldest living member and deacon of Mt. Moriah General Baptist Church in Creal Springs. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Williamson County Shrine club.

He was retired from the US Army as a Lt. Colonel where he bravely served 20 years during the Vietnam War and the Korean conflict. He was a helicopter pilot transporting troops during mission and various Generals to headquarters.  He had a near death experience where his mission was changed and the transport he was supposed to pilot was destroyed. He received the Bronze star for bravery.  He had nine lives and truly enjoyed talking about Choppers.  Once retired, he began another career managing busses in Herrin, Johnston City, Cairo and Marion for RW Harmon Busses.  He was a witty man who enjoyed tinkering with things around his shop and camping in Texas.  He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his; Wife – Gypsy McGowan of Marion

Daughter – Cheryl Ann Rister (Ivan) of Harrisburg

Daughter – Eugina Axe (David) of Goreville

Three grandchildren;

Pamela Sue Rister of Morganfield, Kentucky

Savannah Jeralds of Goreville

Tiffany Rinne of St. Louis, Missouri

Four great grandchildren;

Kren Lee Rister

Karis Monique Taborn

Kean Tyrone Taborn

Braiden Michael Connor

Two great great grandchildren;

“Princess Leia” and “Fern Gulley”

Sister – Melba Mausey of Crab Orchard

Several nieces and nephews

Preceded by his Parents, son – Michael Allen McGowan, three grandchildren – Ivan Rister, Jr., Timara Nichole Rister, Nicholas Shawn Rister, sister – Mary Louise McGowan and twin sister – Pauline Holmes.

Funeral services will be Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11 am at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Pastor Ben Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Egyptian Memorial Gardens. Military rites will be presented by members of the Herrin/Carterville VFW/American Legion Post Ritual Team and the National Guard Flag Detail Unit.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 – 8 pm at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah General Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois  62959.









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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Phyllis (Feurer) Baysinger

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 4, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Gene was a special man and always fun to talk to. Special condolences to Gypsy and Gina. Love you all.

  • Guest: Curtis Smith

    From: Hopedale , Illinois

    Date: March 4, 2019

    Sorry for your loss, he had a heart of gold, and taught me so much.

  • Guest: Shari Lyell

    From: , Illinois

    Date: March 4, 2019

    Will really miss seeing him at Triple E on Saturday mornings. He was a great guy.

  • Guest: Beth Richey White Phelps

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: March 5, 2019

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad was truly a special man. I know he will be missed. I’m sending prayers of comfort for you and your family, my friend.

  • Guest: Veronica Hendrickson

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: March 5, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.

  • Guest: Dorian

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: March 5, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. I was heartbroken when I found out. He was a great patient and always brought a smile to my face!

  • Guest: Sarah Alleman

    From: St. Louis, Missouri

    Date: March 6, 2019

    My condolences to Gypsy, Gina, and Tiffany. Know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

    By Dr. Suess

  • Guest: James, Ruth Ann, Mark Colclasure

    From: Holt, Michigan

    Date: March 6, 2019

    So sorry to hear of Eugene’s passing. He will be dearly missed. Thoughts, prayers, many hugs, peace, love and strength to Gypsy, family & friends. Love you all, James, Ruth Ann & Mark

  • Guest: Kim & Denise Archione

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: March 6, 2019

    Please accept our condolences as you mourn the death of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. I know he will be forever missed.

    Hold each other close and be comforted in knowing that he has LIFE EVER AFTER. You will all see him again someday and the reunion will be ever so sweet. Until you see him again, keep him close in your hearts and minds, as we know you will. :)