Jerry Cowan

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Grace Church, Algona, for Jerry Dale Cowan. Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Grace Church.

Jerry Dale Cowan was born March 14, 1942, in Algona, the son of Harold "Boy" and Vivian (Dale) Cowan. He grew up in Algona and graduated from Algona High School. Following high school he attended Parson's University.

He then returned home to marry his grade-school sweetheart, Sharon DeGroote. Jerry helped run the family lumber, ready-mix and construction company, Cowan Corp. Cowan Corp. built numerous buildings in Algona.

Jerry was a simple man and enjoyed the simple things in life. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed attending all his grandchildren's activities. Jerry was an avid bird watcher and also enjoyed golfing.

Not a fan of cold weather, Jerry later moved to Florida where he lived to the end. Everyone found Jerry a very likeable man, and he made friends everywhere he went. "Big Jer," as he was known by many, was the life of every gathering. He lived by the motto, "keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart," which all his extended family will treasure. 

Jerry passed away on Christmas Day from MDS complications, surrounded by his family at his bedside. He was 76.

He leaves behind two loving children, Jeff (Cheryl) Cowan of Eden Prairie, Minn., and their children Jack and Sydney Cowan; Cathy (Steve) McCauley of Algona and their children, Kelsie (Joe) Johnson, Maggie (Lachlan) Kelley, Michael McCauley and Molly McCauley; two great-grandchildren, Jacie and Ryker Johnson; and a brother, Jim (Gail) Cowan of Algona.

Preceding him in death are his parents and wife Judy.

Online condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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