Ernest E. Cowherd

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ernest E. Cowherd, 91, of Purdy, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at home. He was born to Guy Brentwood Cowherd and Stella (Houck) Cowherd on July 6, 1923.

He attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville until he was drafted into military service in WW II. He received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his service.

He married Mary Jeanette Eden on May 2, 1948, and pursued his passion for raising registered Holsteins. He was a lifetime member of the National Holstein Association and was inducted into the MU Extension Dairy Hall of Fame. He served on the Cassville School Board of Education, and also served as a long-time member of the Federal Land Bank Board of Directors.

He was a member of the Cassville United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Wilson Cowherd; and one sister, Naomi Ellis.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary J. Cowherd; sons, James "Gene" Cowherd (Barbara), Robert Cowherd (Lou), Charles Cowherd, Don Cowherd (Cheri), John Cowherd (Lynne), and Randy Cowherd, and daughter Jeanette Cowherd; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law are Dr. David Eden and Jonathan Eden.

Services were held at the Cassville United Methodist Church Monday with burial following at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cassville United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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