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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Richard Cowles

Richard Webster Cowles

October 22, 1932 - March 25, 2021
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Richard Webster Cowles, Lt. Col, Ret., 88, of Irvine, CA, beloved husband of 66 years of the late Adrianne Cowles, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 25, 2021, at his home. He was born October 22, 1932 in Hartford, CT, son of the late Rollin Whitfield and Jessie (Webster) Cowles and had lived in California for nearly 44 years. He was a graduate of University of Vermont Class of 1954, having received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. Richard was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in the Vietnam War and had retired from the Army as Lieutenant Colonel in 1976. During Richard’s time in the service, he and Adrianne lived in many areas of the world, including Washington, Connecticut, Arizona, New Jersey, England, Germany, Kansas, Virginia and even Alaska. Following his retirement from the U. S. Army Richard he joined Fluor/Alyeska Pipeline and was assigned to the Alaskan Pipeline in Valdez, AK and once this job completed, he continued with Flour Corp in Irvine, CA and retired in 1995. He was a member of Old St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Bloomfield and Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville while in Connecticut and was a member for over 43 years of the University United Methodist Church in Irvine, CA and held many leadership positions as well as bible study classes. Richard enjoyed his retirement by cruising with Adrianne as well as spending time with his kids and grandkids, being a boy scout leader, traveling, camping, fishing, singing in the California Promise Chorus for over 20 years, enjoyed going to the Performing Arts Center with Adrianne, skiing, ice skating into his 70’s, diving into the family genealogy and writing a published book, studying history, talking politics and having coffee with his friends.

He is survived by his children, Roger Cowles and wife Susan Lucarelli of Tucson, AZ, Laura Reyes and husband William of Irvine, CA and Sharon Martin of Palos Verdes, CA; his sister Sue Jones of Longwood, FL, and Patricia Cowles of Simsbury, CT his grandchildren, David and Michael Lucarelli-Cowles, Caroline and Andrew Reyes and Julia, Emily, Jessica and Rosemary Martin. Richard was predeceased by infant son, David Allen Cowles, his brother Roger W. Cowles, son-in-law, Christopher Mark Martin, and brother-in-law Robert Jones. He was the rock of our family, loved by many, and will be missed by all who knew him.

A private graveside service will be held in Old. St. Andrew Cemetery in Bloomfield. Donations in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. The Vincent Funeral Home of Simsbury is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Richard’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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Thomas R. Rozman

Posted at 02:08am
Shortly before retiring from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2016 I engaged in a project with the Library of Virginia concerned with gathering a photographic record of family uniformed members of the "Greatest Generation." In one inquiry, my cousin Pat Cowles of Connecticut suggested I contact her brother-in-law Dick Cowles. Ultimately I had two very nice phone conversations with Dick that proved extremely valuable with much useful information and excellent insights. Having known his brother Roger for many years and considering Roger one of the finest men I have known, Dick impressed me the same way. There was something of an instant connection with Dick he having retired as lieutenant colonel of Engineers. Though I was a retired lieutenant colonel of infantry I had an engineering undergraduate degree as he did and we connected. He was a wealth of information and very gracious in sharing it. Well done Colonel, be thou at peace.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom Rozman
USA Retired

Jack Peters

Posted at 03:42pm
I could always count on Dick for support and sound advice when in leadership positions at the California Promise / later, South County Sound men's chorus. He and Adrianne were people you could always count on that make things run smoothly and properly in any organization.
Always a smile on his face with twinkling eyes, he was a backbone of strength, stability and a fine example of how we should live. I did and always will look up to Dick Cowles!
They will live in my heart with fond memories as long as my heart keeps pumping!
Jack Peters

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