John "Walter" Cowger

Photo courtesy of photographer Barb Walker
Photo courtesy of photographer Barb Walker

(October 4, 1894 - March 1, 1969)

The Lusk Herald
June 3, 1969

Walter Cowger Dies at Casper

Walter Cowger, 74, of Casper and formerly of Lusk, died Saturday afternoon at Casper following a short illness.

Mr. Cowger came to Wyoming in 1919 and homesteaded 55 miles north of Lusk. He lived in Lusk for a number of years, running his own dray line for the Lusk Lumber Company which was later bought by the Foster Lumber Company. He continued his dray line with Foster. He lived in the home now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Victor Heckman 367 S. Elm, Lusk.

He was born October 4, 1894, in Hacker Valley, W. Va. He married Helen Coles, December 28, 1920, in New Orleans. The family moved to Ohio in 1934 and lived there a couple of years and then moved to New Orleans for several years. They moved to Casper in 1938.

Mr. Cowger was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of Powder River Post No. 991, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Casper Collins Barracks, Loyal Order of Cooties.

Survivors include his widow Helen of the family home; two sons, N. A. Cowger of Casper and John Cowger of New York City; a brother, Frank Cowger of Casper; a sister, Mrs. Roy Kasserman, Sarasota, Fla.; and a granddaughter, Debra Ann Cowger of Casper.

Funeral services were this Wednesday morning at 11:00 at Memorial Chapel with Father Angel Ornelas officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery with military rites at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Orphanage in Torrington.

Mayor Harry Fernau of Lusk was one of the casket bearers. Mrs. Fernau also attended the service.

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