Jeff loved friend and family reunions and did not want a traditional funeral. Therefore, there will be a Celebration of Life Picnic held to celebrate his life on Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Justin and Sara Geisler's ball shed. Everyone is welcome and food and drink will be provided. Their address is 15712 173rd Ave., Milo, Iowa 50166. Memorial funds will be donated to Southeast Warren Community Schools Agricultural Department.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Sowers was born August 8, 1947, to Douglas and Marian (Jeffries) Sowers in Waterloo. He was the second of the couple’s eight children. Jeff grew up on farms in the Frederika, Fredericksburg, and Sumner areas. He received his education both at country schools and in Fredericksburg and graduated from Fredericksburg High School. On August 14, 1965, Jeff married the love of his life, Marlys Hirsch. To this union, four children were born: Tony, Eric, Neil, and Sara.
Jeff was a hard worker. He lied about his age and started working at the Co-op in Fredericksburg, bagging powdered milk and running the milk dryer. They found out his age and he had to quit work for 6 months, until he was 16. Later on, Jeff worked at Meinerz Creamery as a cheese maker. He moved his family to Warren County in 1980 and worked as a dairy herdsman. The dairy industry slowly disappeared so he went back to factory work at Tone’s Spice Company and Diamond Crystal, until he retired. During that time, he was helping Marlys build the business Pinicon Farm Crafts. He was a self-taught master woodworker making chairs, shaker boxes, coopered vessels, molds and wooden parts for Marlys’s baskets. Jeff passed these skills on to his grandchildren. He spent many Sundays teaching Nathan and helping him setup his own shop.
Jeff had a love for athletics. In his younger years, he played basketball, football and baseball. A highlight of his athletic career was playing Ames in the State finals in baseball. After high school sports, he played many slow pitch softball games with the team Renu. He loved watching his kids and grandkids in many sporting activities including wrestling, football, basketball, volleyball, track and cross country. His true love was to watch his grandchildren at the softball and baseball fields. His grandchildren knew exactly where to find him sitting and cheering for them.
He also enjoyed deer, coon and pheasant hunting with many family members, who drove down to visit. The highlights of his later years were spent trapping with Eric for two weeks in the fall; spending many cold mornings with Tony starting the fire in the shop together; talking politics, current events, baseball and softball with Neil; and finishing shop projects that Sara enjoyed starting with no intention of ever finishing.
As his health declined, his good times were spent talking to his siblings and extended family on the phone. Jeff passed away Friday, February 11, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines, at the age of 74 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ric Sowers; two brothers-in-law, Romaine Orth & Don Daggett. Those left to cherish Jeff’s memory include his wife, Marlys; children: Tony Sowers of Milo, Eric (Leona) Sowers of Milo, Neil (Christy) Sowers of Pleasantville, and Sara (Justin) Geisler of Milo; grandchildren: Mike, Liz, Nathan, Andie, Josie, Natalie and Allie; great-grandchildren: Briella, Liam, Gracie, Ryan, Ellie and Sophia; his brother, Ken (Barb) Sowers of Fredericksburg; five sisters: Sue Orth of Plainfield, Melinda Daggett of Conrad, Merijo (Dale) Boevers of Farley, Kelly (Scott) Diser of Rochester, Minnesota, and Kristen (Mark) Christensen of Saratoga; sister-in-law, Marlene (Ric) Sowers of Fredricksburg; a special first cousin, Clell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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