---- — Mr. George Frederick Cowan, 81, of Lebanon, passed away Sept. 27, 2013, at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood in Lebanon. Fred was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Crawfordsville, a son of the now late Elmer Cowan and Martha (Vancleave) Cowan Williams. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1949, and then graduated from Bradley University with a degree in watchmaking. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He owned jewelry stores in Crawfordsville and Zionsville before going to work with his mother as an LPN at the Ben Hur Nursing Home. He then decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional puppeteer. The handcrafted puppets he created have brought joy and smiles to countless audiences of all ages around the globe. He had shows in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. Many of his shows are still being performed in the United States and as far away as South Africa. The Cowan Marionettes performed at the Whitehouse for presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. While living in Lebanon, he worked for Cowan Drugs. Fred is survived by his brother, Max Cowan of Lebanon; his sister, Esther Houston of Crawfordsville; a grandson, Geoff Cowan of Richardson, Texas; and several stepchildren and nieces and nephews. He will be laid to rest at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville, with graveside rites at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, with the Rev. Anthony Stone officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Boone County Senior Services, Inc., 515 CrownPoint Drive, Lebanon, IN 46052. Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.