James (Jim) LeRoy Cowell, 84, of McGregor, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 3, at his home.
His parents were Harley and Thelma (Powell) Cowell of the Big Foot area in Allamakee County, near the town of Volney. Jim was born there April 2, 1930. After graduating from Luana High School in 1949, Jim served in the U.S. Army. Jim was married to Joi Rainbolt on Feb. 16, 2008, at First Lutheran (Swede Ridge) Church in McGregor. Over the years, he worked at Agri Industries in McGregor, GenCor Bituma in Marquette, and at the Pattison Sand Mine Company in Clayton. Jim retired in 1992 but kept busy in his small blacksmith and welding shop at home making repairs for countless friends and neighbors.