April 5, 1937 — Dec. 29, 2014

Services will be Jan. 17 in Yuba City for Wayne Cowen, 77, of Sutter, a Banta native and former conductor for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He died Dec. 29 at his home.

Mr. Cowen was born and raised in Banta. He was a Southern Pacific conductor for 44 years and also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Debbie Cowen of Sutter; seven children, Stephan Morse of San Andreas, Michael Cowen of Oroville, Randy Cowen of Sacramento, Courtney Peck of Idaho, Charles Kessler and Donal Kessler, both of Sutter, and Donna Ryon of Redding; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a sister, Nadine Cook, and a brother, Malcolm Cowen, both of Tracy; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were three children, Richard Cowen, Kenny Cowen and TracyAnn Cowen; a sister, Wanda Jean Cowen; a brother, Hunter James Cowen; and his parents, Malcolm “Okie” Cowen and Lucille Cowen.

A celebration of Mr. Cowen’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at Gray Avenue Christian Church, 1524 Gray Ave., in Yuba City.

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