PALMER - Loving uncle and brother-in-law joined our Lord and Savior in heaven on the afternoon of September 10, 2012. He died of natural causes at the age of 93 during a brief stay at the Pocahontas Community Hospital in Pocahontas, Iowa.
John was born to Harry and Grace (Folkerts) Schow on October 2, 1918 near Palmer Iowa. He grew up on the family farm with his sister Helen and his brother Robert. John loved the farm and farming so after graduation from Palmer High School he assumed the responsibilities of running the family farm. While he loved the farm, for a brief time he was enrolled at Drake University with the idea of becoming a pharmacist. However, he soon realized that farming was what he wanted to do. He returned to the farm and continued to farm until his retirement in 2000.
John loved the Lord and was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer, Iowa, his entire life. As a devoted member he served on the church board for many years. He loved to read his Bible with the Book of Psalms being his favorite book. He loved the Psalms of praise, thanksgiving, and trust in God.
John took special interest in the subject of history, reading many books on the Civil War, which was his favorite period of history. He also had a soft spot in his heart for animals. He always had a dog at his side for companionship. Every dog was a Border Collie, his favorite breed; and he named them all "Lassie". He loved the game of Pinochle and would eagerly play a game or two with his friends while "in town for coffee".
"Uncle Johnny" was the object of many practical jokes played on him by his nieces and nephews during their visits to the farm. He enjoyed the jokes and would always offer a good natured laugh when the joke was revealed. All of us will miss our "Uncle Johnny" but take comfort knowing he is with the Lord in Heaven.
He is survived by sister-in-law Doreen Schow; nieces Trudy Mullins and Robyn Cook; nephews Kevyn and Larry; and 10 great nieces and nephews; and 4 great-great nieces and nephew.
Celebration of John's Life will be held on Tuesday, September 18th, 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer, Iowa, with visitation one hour prior. Graveside services to be held afterward at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.