Thomas “Tom”, “Todd” Newton Cowell, 92, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, died November 22, 2022. Tom was born February 7, 1930 in Wana, the son of Arthur Ray and Lona Lough Cowell.
Tom graduated from West Virginia University in 1960 with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked as a station superintendent at the coal-fired power plant in Cumberland, Md. Before moving to Greensburg, Pennsylvania with his family to work at Allegheny Power (Cabin Hill). for 35 years.
Tom briefly served as a member of the United States Army, most recently stationed at the White Sands Missile Range.
Tom enjoyed traveling around the country with his wife for many years, sometimes visiting family and friends. An active 92-year-old, he looked forward to weekly golfing with friends and his bowling league, where he even hit a perfect 300 game. Tom also enjoyed meeting monthly Allegheny Power Retirees for breakfast. Tom grew fresh vegetables in his backyard, gave away extras to friends and strangers, and spent many summer days on his 1956 Ford tractor in West Virginia. He was known for chopping down trees for friends or plowing the snow off a neighbor’s driveway. Tom will be remembered as someone who always cracked a long joke, made homemade vanilla ice cream and loved to spend time with his family. Tom will be mostly remembered for his unwavering loyalty and love of Ford trucks and Lincolns…and fast driving in his younger days. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Carl, Arthur, Hubert, and Albert, and a sister, Alberta Haught. For 62 years he was a devoted husband to his late wife, Jean Cowell, the love of his life.
He is survived by his two daughters, Donna Senft (Dan) and Sharon Kolson (John); and two sisters-in-law, Almuth Bishop and Betty Bishop. Tom was proud of his four grandchildren, Maureen Ward (Evan), Brian Senft, Andrew Kolson, and Erica Kolson; and four great-grandsons, Micah, Peter, Timothy and Zachary Ward, who especially brightened his day.
The visit will take place at the Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, 524 North Main Street, Greensburg, Pa., from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 27. There will also be a visit to South Greensburg United Methodist Church, 411 Sheridan Ave. , South Greensburg, Pa., at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, November 28. Pastors Pam Ramsey and Bob Moffat will perform. Burial will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park with military honors bestowed by Greensburg VFW, Post 33 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to South Greensburg United Methodist Church at the above address.