- Published: May 22, 2008
Michael Lee “Mikey” Cowen of Fairborn, formerly of Yellow Springs, died at 6:20 a.m., Saturday, May 17, in Kettering Medical Center. He was 30. He was born August 11, 1977, in Cincinnati, a son of Albert H. Cowen and Karen Woodmansee-Cowen.
He was a 1995 graduate of Yellow Springs High School, and he was one quarter shy of graduating from the National College of Business and Technology in Kettering. He also attended Sinclair Community College and Wilberforce University. As a writer, Mikey won an Editor’s Choice award presented by Poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry. He had a published book of poems, On The Inside Looking Out, which was included in the International Who’s Who of Poetry, and he also had poems printed in two other publications: Twilight Missing and Expressions.
Mikey was a member of Urbana Swedenborgian Church and also attended Mack Memorial Church of the Brethren in Dayton.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lucille Cowen; maternal grandfather, Major D.A. Woodmansee; and god-sister, Alicia Titus.
He is survived by his parents of Yellow Springs; a sister, Naomi R. Cowen of Xenia; two brothers, Christopher A. Cowen of Richmond, Ind., and Johnny R. Cowen of Yellow Springs; sister-in-law, Crystal Cowen; two nieces, Destini M. Cowen and Alisha Nicole Cowen; a nephew, DeAndre Justin Cowen; maternal grandparents, Rosella and Robert Baugus of Columbus; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends 5–8 p.m., Friday, May 23, in the Walter-Schoedinger Funeral Home, 642 South Main Street, Urbana, where services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 24, with Rev. Renee Machiniak officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mikey’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Dayton Chapter, 1293-H Lyons Road, Dayton, Ohio 45458; the American Humane Society, 63 Inverness Drive East, Denver, Colo. 80112; or the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund, Urbana University Development Office, 579 College Way, Urbana, Ohio 43078.