Kevin F. McGowan
McGowan, Kevin F. died May 27, 2022 at Lyngblomsten Care Center in Saint Paul after a brief battle with an aggressive form of skin cancer. Kevin, age 70, was a computer specialist who continued to work even after becoming blind from Retinitis pigmentosa which developed in his 30's. Kevin also survived two kidney transplants from family-member donors, sister Maureen, and a niece's husband, Mark Harris.
Kevin was born in Appleton, Minnesota, to Martin and Elizabeth "Betty" McGowan. Kevin graduated from Murray High School and attended the University of Minnesota. He earned a computer certificate from the Minnesota School of Business. Over his career, he worked for Cigna Health Care, Legal Decision Systems and Info Span He sought to remain independent despite his vision loss and worked to help others dealing with the disability. He traveled independently and participated in a bowling league for the blind. In retirement, Kevin had lived in Tucson, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho, before returning to St. Paul.
Kevin is survived by his wife Patricia, his children, Michelle McGowan, and Jonathan McGowan; one grandson, Gavin Pulido, all of Bloomington, and brothers Martin (Pat), Monroe, NJ, Vince (Teresa) of Madison, WI, Brendan, of St. Paul, and Mike (Joy) of Eagan; and sisters, Meg, of St. Paul, and Maureen (Paul) Sinkler of Minneapolis, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Daniel McGowan, of St. Paul, and Sean McGowan, of Las Vegas.
A funeral will be held on Saturday, June 11, 10 am, at Lyngblomsten Newman-Benson Chapel, 1415 Almond Ave, St. Paul. Memorials are suggested to Vision Loss Resources, 1936 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Published on June 5, 2022
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