Franklyn F. "Frank" Gowing

May 1, 1936 to July 20, 2013

LOWVILLE – Franklyn F. “Frank” Gowing, 77, died at his home on Saturday evening, July 20th.

Born May 1, 1936, in New Bremen, the son of the late Nelson and Mina Smith Gowing, Mr. Gowing graduated from Lowville Academy in 1954, where he was quarterback of the undefeated football team of 1953. He also excelled in basketball, baseball and track. Mr. Gowing served in the US Marine Corps from 1954 until 1957. He was a graduate of Canton ATC with a degree in criminal justice.

In 1958, Mr. Gowing joined the NYS Police as a trooper. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1964 and to Zone Sergeant in 1971. He retired from the State Police in 1978, after 20 years of service. After his retirement from the State Police, he was employed as Director of Security for ABC Sports at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. He later served as the Director of Training for the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Police force at Hogansburg, NY. He was employed by Lewis County from 1982-1984 as the Director of Disaster Preparedness He later served as under-sheriff and acting sheriff of Jefferson County. Mr. Gowing was employed by the Fort Drum Provost Marshal office since 1987, where he was chief of physical security and retired from that position.

He married the former Kathleen Ransiear on May 3, 1986, at the Lowville United Methodist Church with Rev. Bradley Hunt officiating. In 1990, their marriage was blessed by Rev. David R. Weezorak at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glenfield.

Besides his wife, he is survived by five children, Gary and Lorraine Gowing of Colton; Karen and Walter Benny of Huachuca City, AZ; Katherine (Gowing) Goolden of Sterling;
N. Steven and Stacy Gowing of Tucson, AZ; Debra and Andrew Dow of Potsdam; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and William Eisenschmid of Florida. He was predeceased by a sister, Ellen Kampnich and step-father, Robert Curtis.

Mr. Gowing was a communicate of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lowville and was also a member of the former Troopers Association of NYS, the Lowville Elks Lodge #1605, the Croghan American Legion Post #1663 and the Lewis County Detachment #754 Marine Corps League.

A funeral mass will be said on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara officiating. A military burial will follow at the Lowville Rural Cemetery.

A calling hour will be on Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. followed by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at the Sundquist Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Memorial Fund, 5439 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367, or to a charity of one's choice.

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