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Jack E. Stowe, Jr., 68

May 24, 2018
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Jack E. Stowe, Jr., 68, of Gladbrook, IA, passed away from complications following cardiac surgery on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown, IA. Arrangements were entrusted to the Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to Jack was born on June 8, 1949, in Keokuk, IA, and was immediately adopted by Jack and Gladys (Speake) Stowe. He grew up in Fort Madison, IA, where he graduated from high school in 1967. Jack continued his education at the University of Iowa where he received his B.A. in Political Science in 1971. He was united in marriage to Mary Gayle Meyers on June 14, 1971, in Grundy Center, IA. He worked for Radio Shack and Kelly Home Furniture in Fort Dodge, IA, after college. Jack started his career in Substance Abuse administration in 1977, when he was hired to be Administrative Assistant for the North Central Alcoholism Research Foundation in Fort Dodge. In October 1980, he was hired as the first Executive Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa (SATUCI). Jack served on the Iowa Substance Abuse Commission and as President of the Iowa Substance Abuse Program Directors Association. He retired from SATUCI in October 2015 after 38 years of dedicated service to the field of community-based Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention. During his lifetime, he resided in Fort Madison, Iowa City, Fort Dodge, Paton, and Gladbrook, Iowa. Jack’s passion was music and he played his guitar almost every day. He played in many weekend bands starting while he was in high school, including Scandal, Jetstream, Sirvells, Steamrollers, Back Beats, Prairie Lightning, The Other Band, and The Vinyl Frontier. Jack especially enjoyed playing rock and roll with his friends from high school at their class reunions. After he retired, Jack shared his stories and song lists at many local nursing homes, along with his friend, Joan Greufe, as the duo Jack and Joan. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and his proudest achievement was knowing that he had helped to create an amazing and supportive family. Jack is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Gayle; daughter Jennifer Cooper (Dennis) of West Branch, IA; sons Forrest (Kara) Stowe of Cedar Falls, IA, and Kent (Emily) Stowe of Waterloo, IA; grandchildren Isabelle Raghavan and George Cooper of West Branch and Anders and Forrest James Stowe of Cedar Falls; and sister-in-law Susan (Michael) Ward of Waterloo. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Stowe and Gladys McMillan, and stepmother Sally Stowe. The family extends its gratitude to the many amazing and caring doctors, nurses, and support staff at both Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo and the Surgical and Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for their efforts and support during Jack’s final weeks.

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