mark cowden

Mark (Hoss) Cowden of Weirton passed away in the presence of God and his family on Monday, January 1, 2024, at Allegheny General Hospital after a long, hard-fought battle with long-term side effects of Covid-19.

Hoss was born in Steubenville, Ohio on January 25, 1965 to loving parents, Mr. Robert S. Cowden Sr. and Mrs. Patricia A. Cowden.

Hoss was a 1983 graduate of Weir High School and proceeded on to West Liberty State College followed by the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1989. Hoss was a much-respected officer of the law for 27 years in which his dedication and courage were apparent to so many.

Hoss was a lover of many things: his family, his dogs, running, lifting weights, hunting and fishing, riding his motorcycle, karaoke, country music, western movies, sports, gardening, and most of all, The Lord.

Hoss was a member of the Open Door Baptist Church where his love for Our Lord and Savior shined so brightly. Hoss has had such a deep, loving impact on so many. Hoss’s humor was unmatched. He could make anyone smile and loved to tell jokes to anyone who’d listen.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert S. Cowden Sr.

Hoss is survived by his wife, Christal Cowden; his daughters, Elise [Ryan] Fullerton and Liz [Donald] Welch; his mother, Patricia A. Cowden; his brothers Robert Cowden Jr. and David Cowden; his brothers and sisters in law, his aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends, and his beloved pooch, Clancy.

Family, friends, and those who have been touched by Hoss’s kind heart are invited to Open Door Baptist Church at 3432 Eldersville Rd, Colliers, WV 26035, from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2024, to reminisce on all the many Hoss stories, grieve, and support one another amid such a loss.

Open Door Baptist Church will host the funeral on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 11 a.m. immediately followed by a luncheon; all are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations towards covering funeral expenses. Your support during this difficult time is deeply appreciated. Contributions can be made directly to Greco Hertnick Funeral Home to assist with the funeral costs. Thank you for your understanding, sympathy, and generosity during this challenging period.

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Visitation: January 8, 2024 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Open Door Baptist Church
3432 Eldersville Road
Colliers, WV 26035

(304) 527-1128

Funeral: January 9, 2024 11:00 am

Open Door Baptist Church
3432 Eldersville Road
Colliers, WV 26035

(304) 527-1128


The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Mark A. "Hoss" Cowden 's name.

Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home

3219 Main Street




(304) 748- 3219

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  1. Candle Selection 2Thank you brother for loving me and taking on so many rolls in my life. You didn’t have to, but you did without even thinking about it. I am truly honored and blessed for all the time I was given with you. I love you always and will miss you 💚

  2. Candle Selection 6I hope you know how much you were loved. You were always my role model. I am truly honored and blessed for everything you ever did for me. I just wish there was more I could have done for you. I love you always and will miss you and I will keep striving to be a great man like you. Love you Uncle.

  3. Candle Selection 2To the Cowden family,
    I am so truly saddened to hear about Hoss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jody Trupiano-Gerbo

  4. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved son, husband, father, and brother. May his memory eternal.

  5. Candle Selection 1Mark was one of the best nephews you could ever have. He was always willing to give a helping hand in all you do. His Uncle Ken and I loved him! I am definitely going to miss him but he is in a better place! May God bless!

  6. Candle Selection 5To my kidney dialysis buddy. I worried every day that you weren’t in there right after me. Than I recieved a call from my brother Kenny Golden on Monday. That is a man who thought the world of you from high school on. I think to know you is to love. You have such a loving Christian ✝️ mother. Who you take after and I am proud to know and love. God knows the man you were and you will be blessed for it. I will miss you Mark at kidney dialysis.

  7. Hoss was a man’s man, full of power and strength. I trained with Hoss in the 80’s. He blew up the gym. He was a magnet because of his strength, yes, but more so because of his charisma. Hoss was funny and fun. Witty. A lover of “come as you are” friendships. No pretenses. No flattery.

    Hoss had an old soul. I always marveled at his respectful manner towards others, then I met his parents and it all made sense. Lovely family. I also marveled at his kindness towards those who might have been considered “long-shots”. Then I learned Hoss loved Jesus, and it all made sense. I regret that I won’t make it into Weirton for Hoss’ service. But, I’ll see Hoss again. I will. Because of the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ and His resurrection power, I’ll see Hoss again. Can’t wait!

  8. Candle Selection 2You fought a good fight, now Rest in peace, brother. My condolences and prayers go out to your family and many friends who will miss you💔

  9. Candle Selection 6Hoss was one of a kind. So many stories, Rehoboth Beach, Fitness World, West Lib, Three Springs Cemetery, Weir football, Hunting, Fishing.Hoss and i commuted to work together. Hoss had a habit of turning into the lane he wanted jn at the same time he’d turn his head to look in that direction for traffic. He would just shrug and laugh when we had many near-misses with other cars.
    Quick witted and always the jokester.
    Hoss was always up for anything and everything. He didn’t know a stranger. He was the type of person that you knew you were blessed to have as a friend.
    You fought long and hard. Your watch is over, we have it from here.
    God’s Speed my friend

  10. Candle Selection 2Although we only got to meet you one time. You became instant famiy. You will forever be missed. Fly high now with no more pain. We will always remember you as Uncle Farmer.

  11. I have so many memories of working with Mark. Instructive, collaborative and extremely funny. I am saddened by his passing and for your loss. Sharon Bogarad

  12. I was saddened to hear of your great loss of Mark. However, we KNOW he is not lost, but instead, found in the presence of our Lord. This is not his end but his glorious new beginning. You have my deepest sympathy.

  13. I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mark (Hoss). He had such a fun, affable personality and I always loved talking with him in the gym. I’ll forever remember him drinking his signature black coffee then crushing through rep after rep of an exercise. I loved his stories and wisdom. Sending prayers and strength to his family. May his memory be eternal.

  14. Candle Selection 8Crystal and Family,

    It was a shock to read about the passing of Hoss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. My husband Harold and I both worked with Hoss at the Jail and Hancock County Magistrate Court. He was a great person and will be greatly missed. God Bless You All.
    Here is a candle in his memory.

  15. Candle Selection 8Crystal and Family,

    It was a shock to read about the passing of Hoss. My husband Harold and I both worked with Hoss at the Jail and Hancock County Magistrate Court. He was a great person and will be greatly missed. God Bless You All. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Here is a candle in his memory.

  16. Candle Selection 3What can I say about you. I go back wow 30 some years.I needed a babysitter for the boys Nathaniel and Ethan and you were there. You were to me a friend, and a brother. You had the kindest heart ❤️. You were a safe harbor for all that you cared about. You’ll be so missed. I wish you could have stayed with us. But you were called home.😪. Way to soon. Peace

  17. Candle Selection 5The loss of an uncle can leaves a deep void in our hearts, and as we bid farewell Uncle Mark he has played a significant role in my life. As we gather to honor your memory, your wonderful life and the love you shared with us. Through this speech for an uncle, we not only express our deepest emotions but also celebrate the beautiful moments and cherished memories that will forever be etched in my mind. I love you, Uncle Mark

  18. I remember working out with you when I was a young man. You influenced my life in a very positive way. You were a good person and I’m sad to hear you are no longer on this plane.

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