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Cowick, Randy Matthew

Cowick, Randy Matthew

September 9, 1963 — December 29, 2020

The sudden loss of Randy Matthew Cowick, 57, of Shawnee, KS, has left a hole in the lives of so many. He passed away in the morning hours of December 29th at Advent Shawnee Mission Hospital. Born on September 9, 1963 in Kansas City, MO, Randy was a lover of music, Jayhawk basketball, the Kansas City Chiefs, Disney, and gatherings with family and friends.

Randy, always with a smile on his face, could make anyone feel a special connection to him. He loved making memories and reminiscing about them for years to follow. He talked about his childhood often, remembering the carefree feelings of playing outdoors during his formative years. When he was a young boy, his family briefly lived on the Big Island of Hawaii, which was one of his favorite memories. Randy was part of the first graduating class from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1981. Later, in 1989, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in psychology. This education, no doubt, sparked his love for deep conversation and connection to others. Randy challenged each of us to be present in the moment, prioritize relationships first, and see the world in all its wonder.

His love of music and poetry cannot be understated. For decades, Randy wrote the most elegant and thoughtful poems at Christmastime and sent them to all his family and friends. He played drums in a garage band with several of his close friends. He attended hundreds of live concerts of his favorite groups, and had the opportunity to meet many of his rock ‘n roll heroes in person.

Randy was a great example of how to live a successful life. He never judged but rather cherished each person for their unique, inherent value. He was loyal to the core and would drop anything for family or friends without question. He went out of his way to keep relationship bonds strong. Often a call from Randy would last an hour or more, in which you could expect at least one bad joke, a debate involving his favorite sports team, or a story about his family or past. He had just started a new chapter in his life, pursuing degrees in History and Education at Pittsburg State University.

Randy will certainly be remembered for his spirit of giving. He gave of his time, attention, and heart. He will be missed deeply by so many. Randy is survived by his mother, Gay Cowick, his sister, Kiz Olson (Jeff Olson), brother, Ben Cowick (Krystal Hager-Cowick), his son, Eli Baggerly, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Five days after Randy’s death, he was reunited with his father John (Doug) in heaven where they are no doubt laughing and carrying on about their shared passion for playing the drums and politics, their favorite sports teams and reminiscing about all the great family and friends who touched their lives.

The family will be holding a private burial at Park Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri, with a Celebration of Life service at a later date. Donations can be made to Make A Wish Foundation: or Arthritis Foundation:

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The family will be holding a private burial at Park Lawn Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri, with a Celebration of Life service at a later date. Donations can be made to Make A Wish Foundation: or Arthritis Foundation:

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Randy will be missed by many people his smile, positive attitude, respect for other’s. RIP

Sharon Kenton

Randy was one of my students at Saint Joseph/Aquinas High School in Shawnee. I remember him as such a nice person, and I can’t help but feel that a truly good person has left our world for a better place. Deepest sympathy to all his family.

Cecilia Jaggard

So sorry for your loss-I also worked with him at SYF. I was briefly in school with Liz and i remember Scouts at your house with Gay as troop leader. My sister Diane was in class with him- you all have our prayers and condolences.

Laurie Fletchall

I will always remember you...your laughter, your jokes, your humanity, your passion for music, politics, family, and friends, and most of all, your friendship! I can’t wait to see you again in heaven, my friend! Love, Mark


Another beautifully written obituary. I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to know him. He was your brother and that makes him extra special❤

Vicky Mueller

U will b dearly missed RIP My friend

Jason Tilley

Randy was one of my coworkers and loved to pick on me! He was so silly and was such a special person. I am so sad to hear about his passing. He could light up any room and was loved by so many.


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