Cleve Edwin Cowley, 88, passed away Sunday Jan 6, 2019 in Bismarck, ND. A graveside burial/service will be held on Friday, Jan 11 at 11am at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan ND.
Cleve was born in Dupree, SD on May 28, 1930 to Rex and Hattie Cowley. Cleve graduated from Ambrose High School in June 1948 and joined the Navy two weeks after graduation. He married his High School sweetheart Donna Gjovig on Nov 14, 1951 while home on leave from the Navy. After his time in the Navy he attended MSTC where he received his teaching degree in English. He later received a master’s degree in Laramie, WY. Cleve taught school in Coteau, Ambrose, and Crosby where he was not only an English teacher buy also a school counselor, principal and coach.
After Cleve retired from teaching he was a customs officer in Noonan ND and Whitetail MT for 6 years. Cleve and Donna then retired and moved to Hebron ND where they lived until 2016, at which time Cleve moved to Mandan ND after Donna’s death.
Cleve had a love for all kinds of music. He enjoyed playing his piano, violin, harmonica, ukulele, and guitar. In his free time, you could also find him playing a game of cards with friends or at the local bingo hall. In his younger years he enjoyed all types of dancing and attending community dances.
Cleve is survived by his sons, Steven (Natalie) Cowley, West Fargo, Kelly Cowley, Minot; daughters, Kimberly (David) Saunders, Warrenton NC; Melodee Groninger, Minot; 10 Grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his wife Donna Cowley, his parents Rex Cowley and Hattie Selle and his brother William Cowley.