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James "Jim" Howard DeCow

July 14, 1947 - January 8, 2017

James “Jim” Howard Decow of Prosper, Texas passed away January 8, 2017 at the age of 69.  He was born July 14, 1947 to Virgil Lee DeCow and Martha May (Monroe) DeCow in Oswego, Kansas.  Jim served his country proudly in the United States Army Reserve.

Jim is survived by his father, Virgil DeCow of Coffeyville, Kansas; sister, Janet Yost also of Coffeyville, Kansas; brothers, Glenn DeCou of Princeton, Texas and Gregory DeCow of Parson, Kansas; nephew, Joshua Yost of Edinburg, Texas; nieces, Nicole Tidwell of Dallas, Texas, Molly Hunt of Princeton, Texas, Christina Armstrong of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Elisabeth Frisbie of Augusta, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha May DeCow and niece, Melissa Yost.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation thirty minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.  Jim’s final resting place will be at Fort Scott National Cemetery in Kansas.
Memorials may be made to Hutchinson Community Foundation – Melissa Yost Scholarship, 1 North Main Street, Suite #501, Hutchinson, KS, 67501, 620-663-5293.

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Rest James, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear reveille of God. Thank you for your service to this nation. Harry Simpson, January 6, 2018 Jim was my Friend ! Undoubtable, dependable and forever. We had many laughs and we worked hard together. He has left an impact on my life and I shall never forget him ! From one Boy scout to another : rest in peace my friend. Willy Willy Erlemeyer, January 19, 2017 To Jim's family, so saddened to learn of his passing! The pictures sure do bring memories, Jim, David, and I had some great times on Grandpa's farm, sometimes Johnny would be around but not as often. We have only seen each other 3 or 4 times since high school but it was always a welcome time when we had the chance. He will be missed, our prayers are with you all. Clyde Gilbert, January 14, 2017 We love and miss Uncle Jim. He was such a loving man. He helped my husband and I open our business and without him I don't know that it would have happened. I'm so glad that he is at peace and he is with Grandma. He deserves to be remembered for all of the Joy he has brought to everyone's lives. I love you and miss you Uncle Jim. Christina Armstrong, January 14, 2017 I am deeply saddened at Jim’s passing. I have so many fond memories of playing with cousins at Grandma DeCow’s. Playing ping-pong in the basement, corn cob fights in the barn, and even washing the dishes after a family meal. It seemed that Jim was always there with a smile, helping hand and fun spirit. He had such a beautiful smile that made his eyes twinkle. He will be missed by all who knew him. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of those who loved (love) him. I know he is in the hands of our Savior, and all those relatives and friends that went before him. Dixie Rizzo, January 14, 2017 Our heartfelt sympathies to the family on the passing of Jim. Will pray that God will give you His peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Larry and Joan (fFrancisco) Herr, January 12, 2017 I want to express my deepest sympathies to Jim's dear family. We are saddened by his sudden loss. Jim was most kind, helpful and generous. Recently, we enjoyed some very good times traveling, enjoying my family, the Dallas Summer Musicals and dining out. He is missed. May God give you continued love and strength and bless Jim with eternal rest, fun and peace forever. Amen. Joann Hill , January 12, 2017 My condolences to the family for your loss. May the promises in God’s word provide you with comfort and strength during this difficult time. John 5:28-29 BD, January 11, 2017 Jim was always so kind to me. Once when he was visiting with us at our home in Henderson, Nevada, I choked on a kernel of popcorn and could not breathe. When Jim saw that I was having a problem and could not breathe or talk, he sprang into action and performed the Heimlich Maneuver on me. It worked and I was thankful he knew how to do it and saved my life. Apparently he had seen it on TV and did not ever think he would have to actually do it. I am so glad he was prepared. So sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you in your hour of need. I am thankful for the great memories we have of Jim. Sincerely, Roberta DeCow Roberta DeCow, January 11, 2017 I got the acquaintance of Jim through a real estate investment deal where he played the role of lead investor. Throughout the partnership I experienced the humble, kind and righteous person Jim is. He was patient to answer any silly question I had and also always did the right decision and thoughtful for everyone involved and also played the wise lead investor role making the right decisions throughout and benefitted our team tremendously. He always did the extra work to take care of little things and the we appreciated him very much for that. He is liked by everyone in the team and become a good friend of ours. May God bless him to rest his soul in peace. Balaji Rajarathinam, January 11, 2017 I want to give my condolences to the family and to Virgil. I am sorry for your loss of a loved one.  He was a good man and we had a lot of good times together when we was kids.When we got together when you came to Grandma and Grandpa DeCow. Ronald DeCow
Ronald DeCow, January 10, 2017 I want to pass along my deepest sympathies to Jim's wife and his family. Jim and I worked along side of each other while he was at Anadarko Petroleum in Houston, in the HR IT Team. I always will remember Jim for his sense of humor, and his laugh, but most of all Jim was a kind hearted person! Many times Jim would tease me because I was from Canada, and we all had a lot of laughs because of that! Jim was also a keen business man, and he was always looking forward and planning and looking for opportunities, and he mentored me with his investing that he did. Please know that you are all in my prayers and thoughts! Doug Stobee, January 10, 2017 Jim and I were separated by only a few months in age and because of that, we gravitated toward each other at family gatherings. We especially had a good time when we visited our Grandpa DeCow's farm together. When we were both adults, Jim visited my young family in Nevada. I took him and my five year old son out to a remote desert location to call and hunt coyotes. We were a hundred miles from home and about half way between Las Vegas and Alamo, Nevada when the truck broke down. We were off the pavement by seven or eight miles. After some discussion about our situation, it was decided that one of us would stay with the boy and the truck while the other hiked out for help. We tossed a coin to see who would walk. Jim lost the toss. I told him that if he hiked to the pavement and then turned north a couple of miles, he would come to the only place with a phone for more than seventy miles in any direction. I explained that Sheri's Ranch, the only legal brothel in Lincoln County at that time, would have a phone. He struck out for the Ranch. A few hours later, a car came roaring down the gravel road, trailing a cloud of dust. Someone at the Ranch had given Jim a ride back. When he climbed into the inoperable truck and shut the door, he explained that he had called my father and help was on the way. Then he asked, "Do you know how embarrassing it is to walk into a house of prostitution and ask if you can use the phone?" I replied, "No sir. I don't have any idea at all." We had a good laugh The knowledge that death will overtake all of us at some point during this life doesn't make it any easier to cope with. What does make it easier is the knowledge that death is a temporary but necessary step toward immortality. Good bye for now, Jim. David DeCow, January 10, 2017 So sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. So many good memories of good times as kids. The farm, baseball, homemade ice-cream etc. So glad he is a part of our extended family. He will always have a special place in my heart. Debbie DeCow Smith, January 10, 2017