Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28th Street, Ames, IA


Jack Martin Ferguson

June 29, 1933December 6, 2019
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Jack Martin Ferguson, 86, of Boone, Iowa, passed away at home on December 6, 2019, with his loving family by his side. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th Street Ames, IA 50010). Memorial services will be at 10:30 A.M., Friday, December 13, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church (712 12th Street Boone, IA 50036) with Rev. Lindsay Watkins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be directed to research for Parkinson’s disease.

Jack was born on June 29, 1933, in Nevada, Iowa, to Keith and Amelia (Horrell) Ferguson. He graduated from Ames High School. Jack enlisted in the United States Navy on December 3, 1951, he served during the Korean War and received numerous achievements including: Good Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, China Service Medal Extended, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Battle Efficiency € Navy Occupation Service Medal with European Clasp and Honor Man of Navy graduation Class. He was honorably discharged on November 17, 1955. In 1971, Jack attended the State of Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Camp Dodge, IA. He was a Law Enforcement Officer for Iowa State University. Jack was married to Joyce Ann Holt and they welcomed four children together, they later separated. On June 11, 2002, Jack was united in marriage to Darlene Delores Shellenberger in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jack was a member of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association Institute, he also enjoyed tooling leather.

Jack was a talented musician, creating two CD’s of bluegrass music. He also contributed to CD’s with various other bands. He was inducted in America’s Old Time Country Music “Hall Of Fame” on September 1, 2002. He also won various Bluegrass Music Awards, including: Male Vocalist of year Traditional From SPBGMA; numerous Dobro Player of the year (multiple times from 1981 to 1999); Best Dobro Instrumental CD of the Year “Shackles & Chains” 2012, Produced and directed by Randy Kohrs in his studio in Nashville, TN; and USA Rural Roots Music Commission National 2012.

Jack is survived by his wife: Darlene Ferguson; sister, Delores Ball of Ames; sons: Lance and Greg of Asheville, NC; grandsons: Brian and Kevin (Shannon) Ferguson of Leadville, CO and great-grandsons: Elijah, Asa, Quinlan of Leadville, CO. He is preceded in death by two sons, Mark and David, a daughter, Katherine, sister, Darlene Madren; parents, Keith and Amelia Ferguson, grandparents: Asa and Cora Horrell and Bert and Ila Blanche Hill.


  • Parkinson's Research Foundation


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 13, 2019


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MARY Ann Raineri

January 3, 2020

I only met Jack briefly .His wife Darleen is a friend of mine. I know how much she loved and cared for him , so he must have been a wonderful man. I’m sure he is greatly missed. My heart goes out to Darleen and his family. ❤️

nancy D manke

December 10, 2019

I have known Fergie most of my life a good man rather strict at times I loved hearing him play and sing

tommy spencer

December 10, 2019

jack was one of my dearest friends for over 40 years, i idolized him, he was one i,ll always be glad i knew! to know he,s gone is such a void in my heart, he was someone i cared for so much! REST IN PEACE BUDDY!

Steve Smith

December 9, 2019

Jack was always with my Dad (Johnnie Smith) when I saw him, because every summer we would travel from California to Iowa for a vacation. Those were likely the best memories of my childhood! I could sit for hours and listen to my Dad & Jack tell funny stories about forging muddy rivers, and horses that ran off or bucked them, and of course fishing. When they reminisced, I never saw my dad so happy and they laughed till their sides hurt. I think I believed that Jack & Dad were the two coolest guys in town! I remember them rolling up their cigarette cartons in the sleeves of their white T-shirts. Man I thought that was cool! Don't worry, I didn't take up smoking - it was always do as I say - not as I do. Anyway, Jack seemed so full of life and so much fun to be around. He influenced my Dad's life - this I know. And in some way that even I don't even understand, he influenced mine. I cannot ever think of my Dad without also thinking of Jack. No doubt they're having a good time in heaven catching up on old times! Thank you Jack for your rich friendship to my Dad.

Todd Jones

December 9, 2019

I really loved being around Jack(Fergie). He was always had a positive outlook on things . Our family grew up with his. Some of the best memories are listening to him sing and play the Steel Guitar also playing "The Jones" family game of Pitch....a card game. Some of my Uncles Aunt's and Grandparents and friends took this friendly game pretty seriously and easily got out of hand on more than a few occasions. All in fun though..Lol! Jack was born to Sing..with a guitar pick in one hand and a deck of Cards in the other. I can see him now playing and singing with Buster, Brad, Ronald. and the rest. FERGIE, you will be missed. REST IN PEACE.

Alicia Love

December 8, 2019

Rest In Peace “Fred” I had so many great memories with you that I will remember forever. Especially the time me and you secretly got Darlene flowers for your anniversary and we signed her card together and you helped me carry them to her. The look on your face and hers made my heart so happy. I’ll forever miss you buddy.

Love “Frog” (Alicia Love)

Missy Wierson

December 8, 2019

You are in my prayers

Phylana Ladd

December 8, 2019

I'm so going to miss this man. He was a most kind, loving, and generous man. And very talented. I'm so glad that I got to see him perform at least once. He loved his music. But most of all, he loved his family.

Louise Love

December 7, 2019

I know you don't know me, but I am really good friends/ family with Bob and DeeDee walker.
I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers 🙏🙏🙏

Cecelia Kemmerer

December 7, 2019

As we spend this afternoon listening to CD's of Jack and remembering all the good times and late nights at festivals listening to him and always enjoyed talking and listening to Jack and his beautiful voice singing such great music, a soft spoken man with a wonderful voice and put so much emotion in many of his songs, it was our honor to have know him and have him as a friend, I can imagine him being greeted by of lots of loved ones that went before him and can imagine a super great jam session going on now.


1939 Ferguson Family


1941 or so Jack & Delores Ferguson


1942 Jack Ferguson, Johnnie & Daddy Bud Smith on Wyoming Ranch


1945 November-Jack & Dad, Keith on our way to Colorado


1947 Dad & Jack, note the lump on Dad's head where he got hit with a baseball


1947 Jack, about 14, he was staying with Aunt Darlene in Radcliffe


1947 Jitterbug, Dad & Jack in Cooper, IA


1948 Jack in the cement trouph inn the flooded bayou


1949 Jack's 1st radio performance with Buster Jones