In Memory of

Donald Eugene Cowell

January 17, 1938 - November 12, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Donald Eugene Cowell

Donald Eugene Cowell

Born: January 17, 1938
Died: November 12, 2019
Age: 81

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Donald Eugene Cowell was born January 17, 1938 to Harley and Thelma (Powell) Cowell in Volney, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed into the Methodist faith. He graduated from Waukon High School in 1957.

Donald was united in marriage to Patricia Gass on January 10, 1958 in Decorah, Iowa. To this union, two children were born: Doyle Mark and Michael Drew.

Don worked at Hygrade Food Processing in Postville, IA until the plant closed. He also worked as a mechanic doing small engine repair, as well as serving as town policeman and school bus driver in Clermont. He also served as a Boy Scout Master for a time.

He moved to Spencer, Iowa in 1987 and worked at several jobs doing maintenance and repair; including BSI in Hartley Iowa, Witco, Great Lakes Aviation and Smith Brothers RV.

Don was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No.160 in Clermont, Iowa. He also was a member of the Royal Arch Masons and the El Kahir Shriners for a time until taking a demit in 1986.

Don enjoyed working on small engines and welding or just working in his shop until failing health and poor eyesight limited what he was able to do.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; his sons: Doyle (Rhonda) and Michael (Judy); grandchildren, Jamey, Blythe, Chandra, Jennifer, Nate, Kristen, Marcus, Carter Cowell, Brielle, Erin, and Tristan Wernimont; as well as six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parent; two brothers: James and Dewey and two sisters: Ethel Odegaard and Ruby Klein.

Memorial services will take place 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 23, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor John Syvertson
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Private, at a later date.


Friday, November 15, 2019 at 2:09 PM
“Pat and family, So sorry for your loss. your are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Rhonda & Steve Essick
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:57 PM
“Pat, I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.”
- Carma Peck
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Pat, Doyle and Mike, I am sending our deepest condolences all of you! ”
- Vicki Heilmann
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Pat and family. Our sincere sympathies on the death of Don. Fondly remember the nights we worked together at Palmer. I also remember going next door to Don's folks from my great grandma, Hannah's house in Postville when I was little to admire her doll collection and have cookies. I shall be thinking of you and your family. ”
- Debra Kelly
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“My condolences to the family and friends of Donald. Praying for peace for all.”
- Stephanie O'Brien
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 4:13 PM
“So very sorry for your loss in your father.
My prayers are with you and for you ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 3:05 PM
“With deepest sympathy to the whole family. We are very sorry to hear of your loss! ”
- Kymm Dessel
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 3:05 PM
“I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Don. He was a good and kind friend and will be missed.”
- Dennis Griebenow
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:23 AM
“Pat and family, so sorry to hear about Don. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Denise Anderson
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8:01 AM
“So sorry for your earthly loss! Our thoughts are with you and your family! May Jesus comfort you all as you go thru this time of healing!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
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