Robert M. Cowling, 77 years of age, passed away Wednesday January 30, 2013 at Grace Hospital in Bedford, Ohio. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 7, 1935, he was the son of the late Robert T. and Margaret (Imers) Cowling. A resident of Kent since 2007, he formerly lived in the Shalersville- Mantua areas for many years. Mr. Cowling had been employed by the Solon Board of Education for 42 years as a school bus driver and transportation supervisor, retiring in 1998. He was a U.S. Army veteran. A member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mantua, he also was a member of Mantua Knights of Columbus Council No. 3766, and Fr. John Cassidy Assembly of the Knights of Columbus 4th. Degree. An avid NASCAR fan, Bob also enjoyed playing Bingo, and was very talented mechanically always tinkering with things that needed fixing and using his abilities as needed. On July 11, 1997, he married Natalie (Kantor) Cowling who survives at their home. Also surviving are his children Robert (Krissy) Cowling of Hilliard, Ohio, Kathleen (Michael) Turchan of Elyria, Mary Jo Cline of Streetsboro and Vicki (Howard) Jones of Edinburg, brother William Cowling of Streetsboro, 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Todd Cowling and his sister Gertrude Cowling.
Calling hours will be Monday February 4, 2013 at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua from 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., where prayers will be said Tuesday at 10:15 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday February 5, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mantua at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Michael Garvey officiating. Bob will then be laid to rest at Westlawn Cemetery, Mantua Township with military honors. His obituary, personal video tribute and funeral mass may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
(Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 330-274-3145 RC 2-2-13, 2-3-13)