Funeral services were held on Friday, August 17 at the Washta United Methodist Church. Rev. Carolyn Hollar and Rev. Bob Blair officiated.
Burial was in the Sunset View Cemetery at Washta. There were also military rites at the graveside.
Butch was born May 3, 1944 in Holstein, to Harold and Harriet (Friedrichsen) Cowan. He lived in Galva until the age of three and spent the majority of his life on a farm west of Quimby.
He attended school at Grand Meadow through his junior year of high school, and graduated in 1962 from Marcus High School. After high school, Cowan joined the U. S. Army and was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky. He completed the U.S. Army infantry school Airborne Course in 1966 and was discharged in 1967.
Butch married Monica Clow on June 14, 1971 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Cowan was a long time cattleman and farmed west of Quimby for more than 40 years.
He owned and operated the Cowan Cattle Company with his son, and they ran a herd of Shorthorn and commercial cows along with a small feedlot operation. He also raised Quarter horses, ran a flock of ewes, and spent some time in the hog business. In recent years in addition to the farm he operated Cowan Trucking.
Butch loved the farm and everything that went with it, especially his Shorthorn cattle, horses and farming with his Allis-Chalmers Equipment. He enjoyed attending livestock events across the country, and had taken a special interest in driving horses. He had just purchased a new team this spring.
Butch was glad to see his children and granddaughter carrying on the farming and cattle traditions that his family started. He was a member of the Washta United Methodist Church, the American Shorthorn Association, Cherokee County Cattleman's, and the Washta American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brother, Malcom "Mick" Cowan.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Monica ; a daughter, Amy Cowan of Platte City, Mo.; a son, Wade Cowan and his wife Mary of rural Cherokee; one granddaughter Rebecca Cowan; one brother, Verlyn "Fritz" Friedrichsen and his wife Wanda of Alton; a sister, Joelle Cooper and her husband Lance of Denison; many nieces and nephews and several dear friends.