In Memory of

Rodney Keith Stowater

May 12, 1945 - December 7, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Rodney Keith Stowater, the son of J.C. and Ella (Schoenrock) Stowater, was born on May 12, 1945 in Le Mars, IA. He was born on Hospital Days so he was a “free baby.” Rod was baptized and confirmed at rural Trinity Lutheran Church, Marcus, Iowa. He attended country school until third grade. He graduated from Marcus High School in 1963.

 Rod went to work for Wilson Foods after graduation. He worked there for 46 years. He also farmed north of Cherokee since 1979. As foreman at Wilson Foods he also attended many schools: electrical, scales, and welding. On September 8, 1968, Rod was united in marriage to Sandra Mahler at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.

 Rod enjoyed his sons’ sporting events and that carried through to his grandchildren. He was the first to yell at referees when they called something on the boys, especially his grandchildren. He also liked attending tractor pulls and has a collection of 85 John Deere small tractors. Rod loved to hunt with his boys and he never saw a gun he didn’t want or couldn’t live without.

 Rod was very proud of his four sons and what they have done. He also loved hearing everyday what the grandchildren and great grandchildren were doing.

 His final wish was to be buried on his favorite tractor, a John Deere 720 diesel.

 On December 7, 2019, he passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Ella Stowater; father in-law, Walter Mahler; mother-in-law, Esther Mahler; brother, Darrell Stowater; brother-in-law, Larry Wheeler; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Stowater and Barb Mahler; niece, Ann Wheeler; and great-nephew, Clinton Stowater.

 He will lovingly be remembered by his wife Sandra Stowater; his four sons, Darren (Lisa) Stowater, Doug (Sandi) Stowater, Phil (Jennifer Fischer) Stowater; and Ryan (Kasey) Stowater; grandchildren, Britta Stowater, Cody (Brooke) Stowater, Tonya (Matt) Draper, Derek (Jalyn Doeden) Woltman, Lauren (Andrew Hanson) Woltman, Jasey (Kade Jurgensen) Stowater, Kirk (Bailey Gaydo) Stowater, Kristian Stowater, Kyle (Abbie Kooiker), Kolton Stowater, Logan Stowater, Landan Stowater, and Layton Stowater; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Wheeler; one brother-in-law, Ted Mahler; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Jonathan Riggert
Tyler Stowater
Todd Stowater
Troy Stowater
Trent Stowater
Cody Stowater
Kirk Stowater

Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Organist- Betty Koehlmoos
Cedar Cemetery
Larrabee, Iowa


Monday, December 30, 2019 at 2:09 PM
“So sorry for your loss -- have fond memories of Rodney from high school!! He was a great guy.”
- Barb Gano
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10:39 AM
“So sorry for your loss”
- Sherrie.underwood
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2:11 PM
“Our heartfelt sympathy to your family in the loss of Rod. He and Ed shared many memories of their years together at the pack and were good friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- ed and carolyn wiebe
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:24 AM
“Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the family. Jennifer speaks highly of all of you. May the wonderful memories you share be of comfort in your loss. Peg Sampson and Jason and Regan Sampson Schuerr”
- Peg Sampson
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Rods passing. Prayers for you Sandy and the family.”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.”
- Everett Paeper
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“So sorry to hear about Rod.Prayers are with you and your family.”
- Sue Roberts
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“Joel and I would like to give our condolences to the Stowater family. My son, Chris Greeley, would not be where he is today due to Rod's effort to push him. Thank you!”
- Cindy Kohn
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“So sorry for your loss. We grew to know Rod on your visits to Danny's. Bless you ”
- Pam and Danny Schuver
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“Our deepest sympathy for your family.”
- Jeff, Carolyn and Brenna Schuver
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“Thinking of you during this difficult time.”
- Janet Iedema
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:23 AM
“We are sorry to read about your loss. Know we are thinking of you at this time.”
- Ken and Diane Slater
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 12:09 PM
“Sandy, and Boys so sorry to hear about Rodney. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™R.I.P. RODNEY!!!! ”
- Amy Strahmann
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“Sandy and Boys - So very sorry for your Loss! Take care of one another!!”
- Ron and Janice Witcombe
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“So sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. He will be missed by many. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time
- Ken and Kim Barrett
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“We are sadden to hear of Rod’s passing, he was such a kind and caring man!! Sending Sandy and the Family our deepest condolences and prayersπŸ™πŸ»”
- Doug &Tamie Mummert
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. I have many memories of working with Rodney at the packinghouse. May he rest in peace!”
- Dennis Gries
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