In Memory of Ralph "Bud" Cowlham

Ralph "Bud" Cowlham
Ralph "Bud" Cowlham
Born: December 11, 1940
Died: July 26, 2015
Age: 74
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Ralph "Bud" Cowlham
December 11, 1940 - July 26, 2015
From: Odebolt, IA
Ralph “Bud” Cowlham, age 74, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center of Omaha, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa.  Pastor David Lyons will officiate. Committal services will be held at the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 28 2015 at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to 

Ralph J. Cowlham was born on December 11, 1940 in his grandparent’s home in Odebolt, Iowa to Ralph W. and Anna (Bruns) Cowlham.

Ralph grew up in Odebolt, where he attended country school and graduated from Odebolt High School in 1958.

Ralph was united into marriage to Margaret E. Kelly on June 30, 1962 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Wall Lake, Iowa. The couple made their home on a farm in the Odebolt area and were blessed with four children: Kelli, Brad, Jill, and Jason.

Ralph and Margaret moved to town in 1993. After moving to town Ralph did some construction, carpentry work, and trucking; although he still had a passion for farming and would help whenever the opportunity arose.

Ralph was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. For many years he served as an usher and church elder.

Ralph enjoyed attending all of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events, having Sunday morning family coffee, farming and being outdoors. He treasured the time he got to spend with his sons and grandson’s “In the Shop” restoring tractors and going to tractor pulls with them.

Ralph will be remembered as a loving, caring, supportive family man who was always willing to lend an ear or hand to help. This tribe will greatly miss their chief.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Margaret “Peg” Cowlham of Odebolt, Iowa; children, Kelli (Kirk) Duff of Odebolt, Iowa; Brad Cowlham of Odebolt, Iowa; Jill (Dennis) Grote of Odebolt, Iowa; Jason (Joan) Cowlham of Odebolt, Iowa; grandchildren: Cory (Alicia) Duff, Seth Duff, Rachelle Duff, Abbie (Zak) Renze, Rebecca ( Fiancé Nick Billings) Grote, Michael Grote, Adam Grote, William Grote, Kristine Cowlham, Kara Cowlham, Katlyn Cowlham and Jacob Cowlham; mother, Anna Cowlham of Odebolt, Iowa; sister, Audry (Larry) Geyer of Grundy Center, Iowa; cousins, Don Cowlham of Odebolt, Iowa; Deloris Coulter of Arizona; and many extended family and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his father, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law, Bill (Barb) Kelly, Dan Kelly and Bill Heinriches; nephew, Jeff Heinrichs.


10:30 a.m., Wednesday
July 29, 2015
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Pastor David Lyons



Cory Duff
Seth Duff
Michael Grote
Adam Grote
Jacob Cowlham
William Grote
Zak Renze
Nick Billings
Gary Sykes
D.J. Campbell

Honorary Pallbearers:

Abbie Renze
Kristine Cowlham
Rebecca Grote
Kara Cowlham
Rachelle Duff
Katlyn Cowlham
Alicia Duff


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"On Eagle's Wings"
"How Great Thou Art"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 5:16 PM
“Margaret & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss, I just heard about Ralph(Bud). I cried just thinking about you all & wanted to express my most sincere condolences. I thought a lot of him & how much he always took care of everyone. He was funny at times , stern & strong but also very kind & caring.. He will always be remembered by all those whom knew him & were fortunate enough to have met him in person. I for one will never forget him.
Thinking of you all & God Bless!

Glenda (Zahnley) Janssen”
- Glenda Janssen
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:08 AM
The entire staff, the residents,and the Assisted Living tenants are so sorry for your loss. Know that we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy, Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center”
- Kathy Ewoldt
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:08 AM
“Deepest sympathy to your whole family as you mourn the loss of a great man! May your memories of Ralph and the love of your family sustain you during this challenging time.

Randy, Pippa, Emily and Erin Fineran”
- Pippa Fineran
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:08 AM
“Sorry for your loss,you are in our prayers.”
- Bud & Sandy Lichter
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:08 AM
“Peggy, I am truly sorry to learn of your husband's passing. From reading the tributes, Bud must have been a great person. Thinking of you Peggy.

Joyce Hauser Schneider”
- Joyce Hauser Schneider
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:16 PM
“Am very sorry for your loss!!! He will be missed have many good memories together !!!!
Wish your family my deepest condolences !!!! My best be with you and all the family!!!
May be apart but always in our hearts!!!! Many good times!!!
Love you all!!!
Tim ”
- Tim Coulter
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:16 PM
“Peg and families,
We are saddened at the loss of your loved one. I remember Bud as always having that smile and time to visit when he would come to see you during those "Bomgarrs" days. Our prayers are with you at this time of grief.”
- Marie & Robert Baker
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:16 PM
“Sorry to hear of your loss. Enjoyed him when trucking out at Hallett Gravel Had some good laughs
the Ohdens”
- Albert and Shirley Ohden
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:16 PM
“Jeff and I want to extend our deepest condolences to the entire family. Ralph was a great man with an amazing smile. He will forever live on in your hearts. May God give you all comfort and solice in the days to come. Praying for peace for you all.”
- Jeff and Jodie Hudson
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:47 AM
“Jason, Joan, Kristine, Kara, Katlyn and Jacob, My heart aches with sadness for the loss of a great father, father-in law and Grandpa. I pray God gives you strength to get through this difficult time. Love you tons!! Hugs to all!
- Kent, Julie Robinson and family
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:47 AM
“Peggy and Family,
My heart goes out to you and your family! I am so sorry to hear of Ralph's sudden death. I am praying that you will find comfort and peace at this difficult time
- LaDonna Miller
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:47 AM
“Peg and family, Kim and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Ralph was a great husband, father and grandfather to the family. He is with God and now we can celebrate his years with us on this earth. Our condolences to the entire family from the Mickelsons.”
- Jim Mickelson
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:46 AM
“Dear Peggy and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss this morning in MO.

It is so hard to say good-bye to someone so special.
You are not alone in your sadness
for your loved one meant so much to so many
and will be deeply missed.

I'm so sorry I will not be able to be there at the time of visitation or funeral. Just know that I'm saying prayers
for you to be able to heal from your loss as you go about doing things with your families.
I'm sending my hug along with my condolences.

With Heartfelt Sympathy and Prayers,
Mary Jo Hauser

- Mary Jo Beiasch,Hauser
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:20 PM
“Sorry to hear about Ralph, lots of good childhood memories at the Cowlham farm, and all the card parties !! Heaven has some amazing people still watching over us daily, let God be your strength, your family is in our thoughts and prayers, Wendy and Bob Lorenzen
- Wendy Lorenzen
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:20 PM
“Dear Peg and Family,,,,,,Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband, Dad, and grandfather,,,,we are thinking of you and asking God to touch you with a healing hand and ease your sadness. God bless you all and hold you close. Love and prayers, Judy and Bill Ogren”
- Judy and Bill Ogren
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:10 PM
“Peg and family, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Keeping you in our prayers, David and Sharon Geyer”
- Sharon Geyer
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:10 PM
“We are sorry Peg to hear about Ralph and wish to extend you and the family our deepest sympathies. ”
- Glenn & Janice Determann
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:10 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to your family during this very difficult time. May God give you strength as you travel through this most difficult process. Our Love....Rusty and Carol Sadler”
- Carol Sadler
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:10 PM
“ Peg, will say a prayer for you and yours. jim&joan shymanski”
- jim shymanski
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM
“Kelli & Family -

We were so sad to hear about Bud. You have our deepest sympathies and prayers. Allow the happy memories you had with Bud to ease your pain in loosing him.

Scott & Doris Scanlan”
- Doris & Scott Scanlan
Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM
“Peg and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Bud always had a smile - we need more like that. Many good memories of times past.
Ray and Kathie Willhoite”
- Ray and Kathie Willhoite
Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 10:42 PM
Sorry about your loss
- Speed and Judy Herrig
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