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Full Text of SR0743  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of Ralph "Edward" Cowman III of New
4Berlin, who passed away on November 15, 2021; and
5    WHEREAS, Edward Cowman was born in Alexandria, Louisiana
6to Ralph E. and Patricia Gates Strawn Cowman on February 25,
71945; he grew up in Timwell and graduated from New Berlin High
8School; he married Suzanne Sapp in Sherman on September 4,
91965 and moved to the Alexander/New Berlin area, where he
10raised his family; and
11    WHEREAS, Edward Cowman was a lifelong farmer and raised
12Black Angus Cattle in his early days; he had been an auctioneer
13for 50 years and was a member of the Illinois Auctioneers
14Association and President of Cowman Auction LLC.; and
15    WHEREAS, Edward Cowman was past president of the Illinois
16American Agriculture Movement, Founding Father of the Ashland
17Community Days Tractor Pull for 30 years, and a former
18chairman of the Morgan County Fair Tractor Pull for over 40
19years; he served as a director on the Pleasant Plains Elevator
20Board and as director on the Sangamon County Fair Board; he
21also served on the Farm Credit Advisory Board and on the board
22of Woodwreath Cemetery; he was a long-time member of the



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1Illinois Tractor Pullers Association and a former tractor
2puller; and
3    WHEREAS, Edward Cowman was a Free Mason; he was a lifetime
4member of the NRA and enjoyed clay shooting and becoming a
5Master Shooter; his true sense of pride came from his family,
6his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and
7    WHEREAS, Edward Cowman was preceded in death by his
8parents; his nephew, Cody Morris; and his brother-in-law, Tom;
10    WHEREAS, Edward Cowman is survived by his wife of 56
11years, Suzanne; his children, Pamela (Tim) Birdsell, Ron
12Cowman, and Aron (Penny) Cowman; his grandchildren, Alyssa
13(Adam) Cully, Kayla (Eric) Jokisch, Lindsey Birdsell, Riley
14Cowman, Kirby Cowman, and Jake Cowman; his step-grandson,
15Dylan Buchanan; his great-grandchildren, Cam Edward and Tess
16Lynn Cully, Wirth Allen Jokisch, and one on the way; his
17sisters, Ann Whewell, Pam (Ron) Walpole, and Dinah (Fred)
18Bindner; and several nieces and nephews; therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
21Ralph "Edward" Cowman III and extend our sincere condolences
22to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be



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1it further
2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of Edward Cowman as an expression of
4our deepest sympathy.