January 28, 1960 - January 3, 2022

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Cocoa Beach, FL

Cowan Wayne Whitnable, 61, was born in Iowa City, Iowa to Richard and Carol Whitnable. Growing up throughout the midwest helping his father on his farm, he attended Williamstown (WV) and Federal Hocking (OH) High Schools. Cowan graduated from Rollins College (FL) with a BS in accounting in 1987.

Cowan spent most of his career working for the Department of Defense with the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an internal and external auditor. As Chief, he oversaw the Louisville District, Mississippi Valley Division, VA hospitals and Army Reserve Centers in support of civilian and military missions. He audited defense contractors, such as, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Harris and others for clients like NASA.

Cowan had a quiet demeanor, quick wit, and an adventurous spirit. He had a love of critters and was a friend to all. He enjoyed the stock market, spreadsheets, and guitar riffs. He is known most notably for his corn dance and spontaneous handstands. He never complained and remained stoic throughout his illness.

Cowan passed away peacefully on January 3, 2022 at the age of 61 after a heroic 1 year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Judy Jackson Whitnable; mother, Carol McKenzie Dewey, AZ; daughter Kristen Bailey (Tommy) Jacksonville, FL; son, Kevin Whitnable Rockledge, FL; brother, Michael Whitnable (Tammy) Vincent, OH; sister, Maribeth Martori Scotsdale, AZ; half brother Brett Whitnable (Elizabeth) Penfield, NY; former spouse Debbie Whitnable Rockledge, FL. Cowan was predeceased by his father, Richard Whitnable Guysville, OH.

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