James Munson Gowlland of Plainview died Monday (Aug. 9, 2010) at St. Isidore Health Center of Greenwood Prairie. He was 91 years old.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 12) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview, with the Rev. David Frederickson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Plainview.
Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 11) at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. There will be a Prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 24, 1918, in Quincy Township, rural Dover, to Edgar B. and Ethel (Munson) Gowlland. Known as Munson from early on, he attended country school at Little Valley District 77 and graduated from Dover High School in 1937. After graduation he worked for his cousin as an electrician in Webster City, Iowa. On June 26, 1940, he married Verna Walters at her home in Dover.
Munson and Verna moved to Iowa, where he continued working as an electrician until Nov. 1940, when they moved back to the home farm. They farmed for 40 years, until 1980. During that time they worked as DHIA supervisors from 1964-1977. In 1980 they retired off the farm and moved to Plainview. They moved to Green Prairie Place in 1999. For the past few months Munson had been at St. Isidore's.
Munson and Verna enjoyed several trips to Arizona in the winter months. Munson was awarded the state and county Soil Conservation Award in the early '50s. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview and enjoyed woodworking.
He is survived by his wife of over 70 blessed years, Verna; one daughter, Barbara (Leo) Larson of Plainview; one son, Kenneth (Anna Tonche) of Owatonna; grandchildren, James (Helen) and Thomas (Mary) Larson, both of Plainview, Damon (Michelle) and Dion (Debbie) Gowlland of Byron, Darin (Rose) and Desiree Gowlland of Owatonna; 11 great-grandchildren; and Anna's children and grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Bobby Gowlland of La Crosse, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Obituary and photo from Rochester Post Bulletin, Aug. 10, 2010.
Verna Evelyn Walters Gowlland
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