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Ross Cowles

March 17, 2016
Westfield Republican

CHAUTAUQUA - Ross D. Cowles, 93, formerly of Stedman and Mayville, died Saturday (March 5, 2016) at Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown.

He was born Aug. 16, 1922 in Stedman, the son of the late Archie and Lucille Davis Cowles.

Ross was the payroll supervisor for 19 years for Chautauqua Institution. He also did hotel work for 20 years.

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He was a member of Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church where he was the financial secretary/ treasurer at the church for several years. He had also been the financial secretary and treasurer at the Methodist House in Chautauqua.

Ross enjoyed traveling overseas, music and the arts, walking, being a volunteer aide at Westfield Memorial Hospital, the Office for the Aging, Portage Hill, and RSVP. He also had a great love for Chautauqua Institution.

He is survived by his sister Alys Cowles of Lakewood; and two cousins, Carol White of Mayville and Nancy Card of Sherman.

A memorial will be held in the spring, and will be announced.

The Freay Funeral Home in Mayville is in charge of arrangements.

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