VINTON:  Dean McGowan, 57, died Sunday, August 23, 2009 at his residence following an extended illness.
       Private Graveside Services will be held at Big Grove Cemetery, south west of Vinton.  The family will greet friends at their home, 6016 27th Ave, in Vinton from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday, August 29th.  Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements.
       Dean was born April 23, 1952 in Vinton to R. T. "Irish" and Florence (Bickal) McGowan and graduated from Vinton's Washington High School in 1970.
       On August 15, 1970 he was united in marriage to Nancy Fennern at the Church Of the Brethren in Garrison. 
       For thirty-three years he did auto body repair at Auto Rebuilders and since 2004 he was employed by the Vinton Community School District as a custodian.  He enjoyed NASCAR Racing and loved the outdoors.
       He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Vinton; two sons, Mike McGowan of Vinton, and Ryan McGowan of Garrison; his mother, Florence McGowan of Vinton; his granddaughter, Taylor McGowan of Dysart; his brother, Keith McGowan of Vinton; his sisters, Shirley (Kevin) Schwartz of Vinton, and Janet Moody of Vinton; and many nieces and nephews.
        His father preceded him in death on January 25, 1994.
        A Memorial Fund has been established.