John G. Cowdin

John Gilbert Cowdin, age 76, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, August 19, 2021. John was a fourth generation Carbon County native who was raised near the Shirley Mountains on the family ranch. He then attended high school in Laramie where he graduated in 1964. He spent the remainder of his life in the Medicine Bow area working in agriculture. John also served as a council member and mayor for Medicine Bow. He was instrumental in rebuilding the Bow Days arena and organizing rodeos. He was on the Carbon County Fair Board for 25 years and on the Medicine Bow Conservation Board for 18 years. John was known for his infectious laugh and sense of humor.

Surviors include his wife of 54 years, Sue Cowdin; children Traci Schneider (Rich), Stephanie Neely (Pat), Kristie Cowdin (Tyson Twitchell), and Jamie Cowdin (Savannah); grandchildren Cooper, Jaxson, Hadlee, Josie, and Tallon; as well as his sisters Carol Mayfield and Cathy Bohnsack.

A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Medicine Bow Community Hall with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be giving to Hospice of Laramie, 1754 Centennial Drive, Laramie, WY 82072, or the Meredith & Jeannie Ray Cancer Center, 255 North 30th Street, Laramie, WY 82072.

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Condolences (12)

  • Rex Rudd

    We give you our deepest condolences. John was a good friend to our family and watching Kristie and Jamie grow up with Barry and Bridget was especially memorable. May you all know Peace as you remember John, and always. Rex Rudd and family

  • Jessica Walker

    I am so sorry for you all, I hold you all in my prayers Sue,Traci,Steph,Kristie, Jamie and family. I always thought John was so much fun and will always be someone I remember fondly.Jessica Wohl Walker.

  • Janet and Tom Laubach

    Condolences to Sue and family. Memories of Johnny will always bring a smile to my face. RIP.

  • Carol Mayfield

    What a wonderful brother he has been! He always kept me up on agriculture in Carbon County, some in Albany County, the Elk Herd, what Swede was doing in Goshen County, how Tom was doing in Az, how is Grandchildren we’re doing, and people and life in general, he had such a love for people and although he is in a better place, I will miss him dearly!

  • Terri Hull Jones

    Sue and Families John will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, he was a man that made a positive difference for the community and people he loved. Seeing John and Sue at Cowboy and Cowgirl athletic events, rodeos and social events has been a shining star for me over the past 55 years. We have lost a fine man but God has gained one heck of a soul.

  • Tom mathiesen

    John was my friend since the 7th grade at the kortes dam school. We stayed in touch over the years and the stories he would tell would always end with him saying do you remember when that happened and I would agree but really wasn't that sure. We went on several tours of the leo country over the years and he knew every ranch and who lived there and who lived there now. I will miss him


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