GIBSON CITY - Jack E.L. Cowgill, 72, of Gibson City, died at 7:37 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at the Heartland Healthcare Center of Paxton.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City. Burial will follow at the Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City.
Mr. Cowgill was born Feb. 14, 1943, at Camp Rucker, Alabama, a son of Jack E. and Laura M. Staffaroni Cowgill. He married Sally Ann Diver on Aug. 20, 1966, in Olney. She died Oct. 7, 1996. He then married Deborah Johnson on June 14, 2002, in Bloomington. She survives in Gibson City.
Also surviving are one daughter, Kristin (Daron) Osman, Mahomet; one son, Todd (Bich) Cowgill, Pewaukee, Wisc.; three stepsons, Greg (Brandi) Johnson, Dallas, Texas; Brad (Lauren) Johnson M.D., Wauwatosa, Wisc.; and Doug (Alyssa Martin) Johnson, Lawrence Township, N.J.; and four grandchildren, Maxwell Osman, Carter Osman, Amelia Osman and Halle Cowgill.
Jack was a teacher, coach and athletic director for the Gibson City School District from 1973-2002. He was a beloved basketball and track coach. In 1991, he was inducted in to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and in 2013 was inducted into the GCMS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jack enjoyed spending time with family and friends, golfing, watching the Illini, traveling, “dinner out” and attending his grandchildren’s events. Jack was a member of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and a longtime Gibson City Rotary member.
He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him, and he has left a lasting impression on many. In lieu of flowers
Memorial tributes may be made to the GCMS Booster Club for boys basketball and boys track or to the American Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of arrangements.