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George G. Cowie

George G. Cowie, 81, of Brainerd, Minn., died July 7, 2012, surrounded by his family.

George was born March 12, 1931, to Leslie and Eunice (Buffington) Cowie in Great Falls, Mont. George married Karen Anderson on Nov. 21, 1956. He served in the military during the Korean War. He played French horn in the 31st Division Army Band, which often broadcasted from New York City. George graduated from Arizona State University in 1960. He and Karen raised their family in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he taught English at Arcadia High School. After retirement, the Cowies moved to Minnesota where he volunteered with Unlimited Learning, taught for 55 Alive, advocated as a Guardian ad Litem, served as a naturalist at Deep Portage and worked with many other organizations. George and Karen formed the northern branch of Evergreen Reading as an extension of the MN Humanities Commission. George was an accomplished photographer and writer.

George is survived by his wife, Karen; children, Sue (David) Berger, of Minneapolis, Jeff (Evelyn), of Phoenix, Neil (Lorraine), of Phoenix, Lynn (Hank) Ulrich, of Hudson, Wis.; sister, Alice (Steve) Fromm, of Kalispell, Mont.; and seven grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepfather, Harry Gerdsmeyer.

A celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date.

Family being served by:

Halvorson-Johnson Funeral & Cremation Care

Brainerd/Baxter, (218) 829-3581