Garlan McGowan

Garlan E. McGowan, 75, of Alta died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at his home.

Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 5, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta. Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice.

Garlan Eldon McGowan was born Nov. 19, 1941 in Alta, the son of Urany and Elizabeth (Gerjets) McGowan.

He attended school in Alta and was baptized at the Methodist Church.

On June 19, 1960, Garlan was united in marriage to Helen Marie Townsend in Cherokee. They were blessed with three daughters: Tammy Jean, Debbie Ann and Lauri Dee.

Garlan worked for the Buena Vista County Maintenance Department for 39 years. He retired on Dec. 31, 1999.

In his spare time, Garlan enjoyed fishing and hunting with kids. He could often be found tinkering, especially on vehicles. Garlan loved his family, and was always there to lend a helping hand. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Helen McGowan of Alta; daughters: Tammy (Doug) Stephens of Alta; Debbie (Darry) Hartsock of Papillion, Neb.; Lauri (friend, Mark Miller) Fulkerth of Marathon; grandchildren: Chris Briggs, Josh (Misty) Briggs, Nick Briggs, Sarah Stephens, Ryan and Tazzi Hartsock, Jeremy (Shawna) Fulkerth, Jessie Fulkerth, Tyler (Micah) Fulkerth; great grandchildren: Chelsea, Dayton, Craig, Tristin, Lexi, Bailey, Bella, Aiden, Aria, Brandi, Brayden, Emily, Hadley, Bentley, Jaxson, Delaney, Kaden; brother, Merlin McGowan of Alta; brothers-in-law, Lowell Townsend and John Townsend.

Garlan was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Delores Luttrell and Karen Gaskill; brothers: Bob, Don, Delmar and Dennis; and parents-in-law, Fred and Arlene Townsend.