James Wallace Cowan

February 28, 1940March 16, 2013
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James Cowan passed away quietly at his home in Fruita, CO; he was 73. James was born in Marshalltown, IA, to Wallace and Lavina (Dodd) Cowan on February 28, 1940. He attended Business School in Lincoln, NE. He was enlisted in the US Air Force from 1957 to 1963 as an air policeman. In 1986, he married his wife, Carol, in Minturn, CO. They have been residents of Fruita for 27 years. He retired from IIG-Johnmansville in 2006. Since then James held jobs as a PT security guard, military training, auto repair, woodworker, and vehicle maintenance. James was a member of the VFW in Lincoln, ME, and president of the Lions Club in Minturn, CO. He enjoyed RVing, fishing, camping, and boating. He is survived by his wife, Carol, Fruita, CO; his mother, Peggy Dykes, Eldora, IA; his sons: Jack, Scott, Tony, Rod, Andrew, and John, all of the Grand Valley in Colorado; his daughters-in-law: Tina, Jayme, Daisy, Sharon, and Cynthia, all of the Grand Valley; his sister, Judy Mitchell, Eldora, IA; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A Visitation on March 20, 2013 at 9:00am at Martin Mortuary. Funeral Service to follow the visitation at 10:00am, then a Graveside Service at 1:00pm at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Grand Junction.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 2754 Compass Drive, Suite 377, Grand Junction, CO 81506.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Cindy French

March 28, 2013

I will miss you my friend.

Cecilia Wright

March 22, 2013

May you rest in peace. So Sorry we did not get to to keep in touch more but you were a great man , husband,father and grandfather. Thanks for just being a special man.

Joe & Monica Manzanarez

March 19, 2013

Rest in peace dear Jim and may God bless and comfort your family during their time of grief. May your wonderful memories always bring joy to their hearts. We love you all and a special kiss and hug to our dear Carol.

Scott and Jayme Blackwood

March 19, 2013

Know that the love you gave us will be forever in our hearts and although you are gone to a better place I will always LOVE you and I hope to be half the man and husband that you were. Dad my heart is filled with sadness today, For I have lost a friend and a WONDERFUL FATHER. Thank you for being you .May God Bless this family

Scott Blackwood

March 19, 2013

You will be missed by all that knew you grandpa you've touched many lives words just can't express how much we all care and love you

Judy Mitchell

March 19, 2013

We'll miss you Jim. I'm glad your pain is now gone We'll remember all the good times. Thanks to Carol and her family for being with you.
Love, Judy

Tony & Daisy Ahlswede

March 19, 2013

Dad you will missed greatly, not only by me but by all who knew you, who you touched the lives of; we'll miss you laugh & laughter, you generosity, you compassion, love, and understanding.... even you sternness when we most definitely needed it. I admired you for you great love shown to my Mother the way you warm touch would settle her, calm her, maker her feel safe. Thank-you for being in all of our lives but most of all for being Dad. Love you always.
Tony & Daisy

Bob and Melissa Arnold

March 19, 2013

Bless you all. We both know that Jim is resting pain free now. Our condolences and prayers to all of you, especially dear Carol.

Richard Mitchell

March 19, 2013

Words may fail when I wish to personally express my sorrows and sadness on the passing of Jim. Uncle Jim will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.