Michael Fowler

  • Born: January 30, 1943
  • Died: August 9, 2020
  • Location: Ames, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michael "Mike" Allen Fowler, 77, of Ames died Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Israel Hospice House. He was born January 30, 1943 to Allen and Eleanor Fowler in Charles City, Iowa.

Mike graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master's Degree in Animal Nutrition. Mike retired from Land O'Lakes after a long and successful career.

Mike was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan and enjoyed watching many sports. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Ames as well as the Ames Kiwanis club.

Mike was married to Dee Jessen for 46 years. He is survived by his son, David (Christine) Fowler of Urbandale, IA; daughter, Shelly (Bill) Ashcraft of McKinney, TX; grandchildren, Amanda Fowler, Emma Ashcraft, and Luke Ashcraft.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Uncle Mike always had a big smile, a warm hug and a funny story to share. His happiness was contagious and he will be missed by so many! ❤

Posted by Janet Ramsey - Broomfield, CO - Family   October 10, 2020

Mike was a family friend, along with his family, since I was a kid living in Fort Dodge, IA. He was the most outgoing person I've ever known and always wanted to know how you, and your family were doing. He was passionate about his knowledge of feeding of animals, which is widely known. I'm sad for David and Shelly. Mike rest in peace!

Posted by Rib Schmidt - Ames, IA - Family Friend   October 08, 2020

I met Mike in Kansas City Missouri at the Sprint Center.He loved sports and his family. He was a great man! I'm so sorry for the familys loss.

Posted by Tiffany Wilson - Kansas City, MO   September 10, 2020

Mike was a great friend and colleague. I first met Mike in 1986 when I joined the Land O'Lakes Animal Milk sales team. He was a gifted animal scientist who made significant contributions to the dairy industry and in particular to the evolution of the nutrition and management of the pre-weaned calf. It was an honor to work with him from 1986 to the time of his retirement. We worked hard, yet had lots of fun working with the many great people in our industry. I remember many "Planes & Automobile" moments with Mike, some frustrating however mostly hilarious! With Mike as a travel mate, it was never boring. One of Mike's greatest strengths as part of our team was his ability to build relationships with people and really get to know them. He always took extensive notes, and not only of our business conversations; but of the people we interacted with. Their family member names, where they grew up, the university they attended ... and of course if they were ever in 4-H. He took the time to learn these details about people out of true curiosity and caring for the people he interacted with.
My sincere condolences to Mike's family for your loss.
Larry Van Roekel

Posted by Larry Van Roekel - Nerstrand, MN - Coworker   August 20, 2020


Mike was such a great friend! Mike called on me for many years while I was at Murphy Farms/Murphy-Brown. We became very good friends over those many years and we shared many a memory together when we were able to connect at the various shows. Mike was always a good conservationist, we would talk about anything and everything, we had passion for livestock of course, and work as well, but most of all he was just a great friend! I know his family will miss him, as will the many, many friends whom he touched throughout his fantastic career. God Bless you Mike!

Posted by Jeff Hansen - Burgaw, NC - Friend   August 16, 2020

During the first half of Mike's time at Land O Lakes I worked with Mike and we're Neighbors at Ft Dodge.We shared a lot of interesting work experiences. We stayed in touch over the years up until COVID stopped our coffee group meeting at North Grand. He always ask are we going to win

Posted by Ralph Yoder - Ames   August 14, 2020

So sorry to hear. Mike was a good friend and brother to me. You have my sincere sympathy. FarmHouse brother living in house with Mike

Posted by Keith Weber - Charlotte, NC - Classmate   August 14, 2020

Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I can't put a face to your name but surely
we must have known each other. Mike was my pledge father at Farmhouse.
Be well, be safe, Alan E.

Posted by ALAN EVERSON - SHARON, NH - Classmate   August 14, 2020

I met Mike at Bethesda and we always enjoyed visiting about his days in Stanley, Iowa. He was in 8th grade and his Dad was the superintendent and his mother a teacher there. He had a great memory of his fellow students. We also enjoyed talking about old Iowa State days and Cyclone sports! Never had enough time to solve all the worlds problems. Mike will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

Posted by Richard Roepke - Ames, IA - Friend   August 13, 2020

My husband Steve and I loved to talk to Mike after services at Bethesda. He was such a Cyclones fan!! He always had a friendly, positive outlook. We were so sorry to hear about his passing. Since the COVID shutdown, we haven't been able to see a lot of people.

With sympathy,
Randi and Steve Peters

Posted by Randi Peters - Ames, IA - Friend   August 13, 2020

I met Mike 7-8 years ago thanks to TechMix. Mike always enlightened our discussions with his extensive experience and comments. We will miss you Mike!

Posted by Rodrigo Garcia - Castro Urdiales (Spain) - Coworker   August 13, 2020

Mike followed me into Hamilton Co. Extension before joining Land O'Lakes and we met up with each other at Animal Science conferences in subsequent years.
Mike was a successful animal science consultant and made many friends for Land O'Lakes.
Mick and my son Randy were members of the Sat. morning Town & Country Kiwanis club in Ames. He and Randy attended several Iowa State big 12 basketball tournaments in Kansas City.

I am saddened to learn of his passing. Karl G.

Posted by Karl Griffith - Mason City, IA - Friend   August 12, 2020

In 2007 we were on the same cruise as Mike and Dee....we created fun memories!! Mike was a great and proud Cyclone fan.....we are grateful to have called him and friend....

Posted by Karen Hoiberg - Ames, IA - Friend   August 12, 2020

I had the great opportunity to get to know Mike through TechMix. We shared a lot of basketball and I Cubs games together. Just this past spring Mike took my Daughter and I to one of the last Iowa State home Basketball games.
I will always remember Mike as a caring compassionate person that would do anything to help you out. When he was passionate about something that he relentless in finding the answers. Myself and the entire TechMix team will miss him dearly.

Posted by Trent Gierstorf - Jefferson, IA - Friend   August 12, 2020

My husband, Don Eggerling, and I were friends of Mike's. For a time we were in the same bridge club with Mike, Dee, the Axlands, and the Roehrs. We shared many a good story and hearty laugh with that bunch. I enjoyed Dee's refreshments served on her Grandma's beautiful dishes.
Mike liked to greet us at Bethesda after worship and talk about the Cyclone game from the day before. We have a Cyclone flag that we hang on our garage doors when the Cyclones have a game in town. We got it because Mike sold us on his vision that the entire street should be lined with Cyclone flags.
Rest in peace, Mike. We will proudly fly the Cyclone flag and not let our side of the street down.
Your old bridge buddies,
Glenda and Don

Posted by Glenda Eggerling - Ames, IA - Friend   August 12, 2020

Sorry to hear about Mike's passing. We know the last couple of years have been a struggle for both Mike and his family. We will certainly miss his "How about those Cyclones?"greeting. Many fond memories of Mike from the "10 o"clock coffee group", card club, and church groups. Ardie remembers Mike being one of the last guys to leave Oak Hall when he was dating Dee at ISU. May he rest in peace.

Don and Ardie Roehr

Posted by Don and Aride ROEHR - AMES, IA - Friend   August 12, 2020

Condolences to Mikes family. We had many good conversations over the years.

Posted by Lee Uldbjerg - Hutchinson, MN - Coworker   August 11, 2020

Our condolances to the family on Mike's passing. We know it has been a long and difficult journey for Mike. We will miss him as a friend and a person to talk Cyclone athletics. We know that he is resting in a better place now. May he rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family.
Maynard and Anne

Posted by Maynard Hogberg - Ames, IA - Friend   August 11, 2020

Mike's enthusiasm and energy will be missed. I joined Land O'Lakes in 1984 in the seed group but Mike reached out and initiated a friendship even though he worked in a different area and a different location. It helped that I also was an Iowa State alumnus and we always had things to talk about. In 2004 I had the pleasure of joining the LOL Animal Milk Products group and saw how Mike added value to the company's image and made it fun to work together. He and Dee were key participants to make sure that everyone felt welcomed and to fit into the AMP culture. After he retired we established the Mike Fowler award to individuals who went above and beyond, as nominated by AMP employees. Mike will be missed but not forgotten!

Steve and Mary Hastings

Posted by Steve Hastings - Blaine, MN / Colorado Spring, MN - Coworker   August 11, 2020

Mike was a wonderful colleague. I traveled many days and nights with Mike in the eastern half the US for Land O'Lakes Animal Milk Products. He was always very inquisitive to the point of exhaustion. Mike was truly interested in people and their background. Mike's favorite questions when meeting a new customer were; Where you in 4H? Where you in FFA? What college/university did you graduation from? He kept detailed notes on people's backgrounds and family to ensure he would be able to ask more questions the next time he met the customer. Mike was a great friend and coworker. Whether I wanted to or not, Mike made sure I knew how IA State Cyclones were doing in the various sports. He was MR. CYCLONE.

Sharing in your sadness as you remember Mike,


Posted by Kevin Hoepker - Blaine, MN - Coworker   August 11, 2020

Mike is my dad, Tom Straub's, cousin. I met him a few times when my dad came to visit us in Ogden. We met Mike for lunch. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My dad wanted to pass along his condolences.

Posted by Lynne Dubert - Ogden, IA   August 11, 2020