Donald (Buck) Lavern McGowan, 79, of Caledonia died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, unexpectedly at his home.

He was born Sept. 24, 1932, to Freda and Fred McGowan. He married Kathryn Twite on April 26, 1982.

He served in the Army from 1951-1957 and was a member of the American Legion Post 191.

Survivors include five step-children, Jill (Greg) Hahn, Caledonia, Joy (Dale) Gavin, Winona, and Jeff Twite, Julie Twite and James (Joni) Twite, all of Caledonia; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Allen; a brother, Joseph McGowan; and his loyal dog, Chester.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2008 and by three sisters and six brothers.

A family graveside service will be held with military honors.

McCormick Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at