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McGowan, Garlan E. (1941-2017)

MCGOWAN, GERJETS, TOWNSEND, STEPHENS, HARTSOCK, FULKERTH, BRIGGS, LUTTRELL, GASKILL

Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 11/3/2017 at 22:24:09

Garlan McGowan
November 19, 1941 - October 1, 2017

Garlan Eldon McGowan, age 75, of Alta, Iowa, died on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at his home in Alta.

Garlan, a son of Urany and Elizabeth (Gerjets) McGowan, was born on November 19, 1941, in Alta. He attended school in Alta and was baptized at the Methodist Church. On June 19, 1960, he married Helen Marie Townsend in Cherokee, Iowa. Subsequently, they were blessed with three daughters: Tammy Jean, Debbie Ann, and Lauri Dee. For thirty-nine years, Garlan worked for the Buena Vista County Maintenance Department, retiring on December 31, 1999. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his kids. In addition, he liked tinkering, especially on vehicles. Garlan loved his family, and was, always, willing to lend a helping hand. He will, indeed, be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Helen McGowan, of Alta, Iowa; his daughters: Tammy (Doug) Stephens, of Alta, Iowa, Debbie (Darry) Hartsock, of Papillion, Nebraska, and Lauri (friend, Mark Miller) Fulkerth, of Marathon, Iowa; his grandchildren: Chris, Josh (Misty), and Nick Briggs; Sarah Stephens; Ryan and Tazzi Hartsock; and Jeremy (Shawna), Jessie, and Tyler (Micah) Fulkerth; his great grandchildren: Aiden, Aria, Bailey, Bella, Bentley, Brandi, Brayden, Chelsea, Craig, Dayton, Delaney, Emily, Hadley, Jaxson, Kaden, Lexi, and Tristin; his brother, Merlin McGowan, of Alta, Iowa; and his brothers-in-law, Lowell and John Townsend. Garlan was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Delores Luttrell and Karen Gaskill; his brothers: Bob, Delmar, Dennis, and Don; and his parents-in-law, Fred and Arlene Townsend.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta is overseeing the arrangements.

Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes, Alta, Iowa, 2017.


 

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