Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Francis “Bill” McGowan, 85, of Williston, N.D., formerly of Poplar, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Ava Maria Village in Jamestown, N.D.
Francis “Bill” Wayne McGowan was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Poplar to John and Jane (Miller) McGowan. He graduated from school in Poplar. From 1945 to 1947, he served in the Navy and, upon his return, he helped on the family farm north of Poplar.
On June 7, 1950, he married Madeline Olson. With this marriage, they raised five children on their farm/ranch, north of Poplar.
He loved training and riding horses. He loved the rodeo. He competed in the calf roping and team roping events. He was a champion. He and his grandson Garret rode their horses in many parades and trail rides while he lived in Williston. He rode his last horse at the age of 84.
Later in life, he loved to fish with his wife, friends and grandchildren, always catching the “big one,” of course.
After farming and ranching for many years north of Poplar, he sold out and moved to Culbertson in 1975. After five years in Culbertson, he bought a ranch in Dawson Creek, B.C., Canada, and spent a few years there ranching and making friends.
In 1989, he moved to Williston, N.D., where he lived for many years. Recently, he was a resident at the Ava Maria Village in Jamestown, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline; daughter, Jackie; son, Terry; and his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his three daughters, Debbie Wolff of Culbertson, Nyla Braaten of Wolf Point and Vandi Scott of Williston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, March 20, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment followed in the Poplar Cemetery.