In memory of

Vernon Kowalke

June 26, 1937 - February 13, 2021
From: Sac City , IA | Originally: Early , IA
Vernon Kowalke

Vernon Kowalke

Born: June 26, 1937
Died: February 13, 2021
Age: 83
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   Vern Kowalke, age 83 of Sac City, IA, formerly of Early, IA, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice House in Fort Dodge, IA.
   Vernon Alvin Kowalke was born June 26, 1937, in a farmhouse 3 miles east of Early, IA, to his parents Alvin and Etta (Kies) Kowalke. Vernon was baptized at the Wheatland Church near Breda, IA, and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Early for many years. 
   Vern graduated from Early Consolidated School in May 1955. He graduated in the spring of 1958 from Buena Vista College with a certification in teaching. His career began in the high school at Royal, IA, and he became a Missouri Synod Lutheran in 1959. Vern was united in marriage with Carlene Skinner and to this union, five children were born. This union ended in divorce in 1987. 
   He taught school in several communities in western Iowa, including Royal, Newell, Early, Carroll, and in southern Iowa at Bedford. In 1963, Vern purchased 80 acres of land 6 miles north of Early. This began his journey of being a part-time farmer. In 1965, a house was built on this property. The family moved from Newell and lived there until 1970 when tragedy struck.  The farm was sold, and the family moved to Illinois for a short time. They returned to Carroll, IA, where Vern taught for two years.  In 1973, Vern purchased the farm where he was born and raised east of Early. 
   On September 15, 1993, Vern married Sheri Lang at Faith Lutheran Church in Early.  Between the two of them, they have 6 children, 17 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  His love for the farm life kept him farming until 1999 when he decided to retire after 30+ years.  His teaching certification expired in 2000.  Vern was passionate about teaching and continued to teach part-time and as a substitute.  Through the years he held offices with Faith Lutheran Church, was on the Sac County Thrivent Board and Early Co-op Board.  He also sold promotional products with Newton Manufacturing from 1999 until 2015.  Sheri retired in 2013 from Stille, Pierce and Pertzborn after 22 years as a bookkeeper. 
   Vern and Sheri loved the farm and lived there until 2015. They then moved to Sac City. Since retirement, Vern and Sheri enjoyed traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren.  Vern also had an interest in hunting, fishing, playing cards, fixing up the farm and their Sac City home. 
   He was proceeded in death by his son, Jason Vernon Kowalke; granddaughter Grace Tipton Kowalke; parents Alvin and Etta Kowalke; parents-in-law Clyde and Doris Potts; 3 sisters-in-law: Cindy Hand, Linda Thornhill, and Kathy Nuss; and brother-in-law Dennis Potts. 
   Survivors include his wife, Sheri Kowalke; children: Carmen (Jeff) Dorman, Margo (Jim) Augustine, Brenda (Jeff) Russell, Tyler (Brooke) Kowalke; stepchildren: Chad (Sara) Lang, Tracy Packingham; grandchildren: Chelsea (Jake) Bradley, Piper (Tyler) Halterman, TJ Augustine (fiancée Dani Wanninger), Andrew (Jenny) Augustine, Libby (Andrew) Leust, Jay (Julianna) Russell, Seth Russell, Miles and Greta Kowalke; step-grandchildren: Garrett, Hunter, T.K. and Levi Lang, Taylor Spiess, Paige and Cole Packingham; great-grandchildren: Bennett Augustine, Eleanor Halterman; sister Marlys (Craig) Knudson; nephews Jeff Knudson, Kurt (Tammy) Knudson; many other extended family members and friends.   
   A private service will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. that will be live-streamed for the public at WWW.FARBEROTTEMAN.COM. The committal service will also be available via live stream. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City, IA, is in charge of arrangements.
   In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to either the Paula J. Baber Hospice House or to S.O.F.T.  in Vern's memory.

Paula J. Baber Hospice House  -  2630 9th Ave S, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

SOFT - Support Organization For Trisomy @



1:30 p.m., Tuesday 
February 16, 2021
Farber and Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa 

Reverend Donald E. Peterson III
Early Union Cemetery 
Early, Iowa 


Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:36 AM
“With sad hearts we extend our condolences to Sheri and her family. Ron remembers Vern as a very loyal and dear friend....he will be missed. ”
- Ron and Donna Mau
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:28 PM
“sending our sympathy to the family.”
- Mark & Jolene Stoelk
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:19 PM
“I was fortunate to have been able to get to know and play a few card games with Grandpa Vern. He obviously loved his grandchildren dearly, and we all learned a fun couple of card games. He made the competition was fierce and fun. He took the time to play with us and made us laugh. It was my honor and privilege to have the opportunity to get to know him a little bit and I am so sorry for your loss. "Mom" Sheri, I love you and my heart and prayers are yours today. I am so glad that He trusted Jesus and is safe in His arms today.”
- Connie Stimpson
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:34 PM
“My sympathy and thoughts and prayers are with you all”
- Tracy Heuton
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 3:03 PM
“We all will miss him so much. I keep remembering an old song. "If you could see me now" talks about being in heaven and healed and whole. ”
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:16 PM
“Sherri, we are so sorry for your loss of such a great guy. Sympathy to you and all the family.”
- Paul and Ina Rae Shannon
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“So sorry for your loss and Sending Prayers to All. May God comfort you and Guide you through this time. Rebecca Peters”
- Rebecca Peters
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“Please accept my condolences to the entire family. Sincerely, Gregory Akroyd (co-worker of Tracy Packingham)”
- Gregory Akroyd
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“A great friend to my family and a pretty darn good chili cook to boot! I have no doubt he's playing 500 right now with my parents and the rest of the card club! He's in God's arms now and that's a pretty good thing!”
- Cordell Wabeke
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 9:23 AM
“Our deepest condolences to the whole family! Vernon was a very kind man and we were so sorry to hear of his passing. May our Lord and savior wrap His arms around each of you with a comforting embrace!”
- Mike and LuAnn Norris
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:24 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you.”
- Tina Williams
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:24 AM
“Sympathy and sadness for the loss of Vernon. He and Sherri were steadfast friends to my parents George and Kathryn. Prayers for family and everyone who will miss him. ”
- Georgia Vajpeyi
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:24 AM
“Sheri and family: So sorry to hear of Vern's passing. May the love and support of family and friends help you in your time of sorrow.”
- Marilyn Johnson
Monday, February 15, 2021 at 8:24 AM
“My heartfelt sympathy to you all. I have fond memories of Vern and your entire family. May God surround you all with His comforting arms and give you peace with many warm memories.”
- Theresa (Struchen) Melohn
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 5:53 PM
“So sorry to hear of Vern's passing. We have many fond memories of Speculator meetings. You and your family are in our prayers. Arvid and Coleen”
- Arvid and Coleen Baughman
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:31 PM
“Thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May the memories of Vern's life surround you like a warm blanket and give you peace. So sorry for your loss.”
- Barb and Dan Soellner
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:31 PM
“Our sympathy on the loss of Vern. We hold you in our prayers. Love to all, Kevin, Sara, Allison, and Andrew Skinner ”
- Kevin Skinner family
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:31 PM
“Thoughts and prayers have been said for all of you when Vernon was hospitalized and in Hospice . Hope you have been feeling them and helping you through this difficult time. Lots of good memories of your family through church and school. Will miss Vernon in church. Know he loved all of you and will be greatly missed. May peace of God be with you all. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Mary Ellen Hatch
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