Jerry Ewing

Jerry W. Ewing, 81, of Waterville passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at home with his devoted wife, Anna Marie, and his family by his side. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 3 at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Waukon.

Jerry Willis Ewing was born June 22, 1941 in Postville, the son of Helen and Willis Ewing. They moved to rural Waukon when he was just a baby. He lived on the family farm milking cows and farming with his mother, his brother, David, and his stepfather, Gene (Whitey) Watson. He graduated from Waukon High School in 1959.

February 25, 1961, he married the love of his life, Anna Marie Larson from Decorah. They were married at the Glenwood Lutheran Church outside of Decorah.

Jerry worked at City Laundry in Oelwein when he and Anna Marie were first married. Later, he worked at the packing plant in Postville. He loved adventures which took him to other parts of the country for several years. However, the love of animal husbandry and farming brought his heart home to start farming on his own. Additionally, Jerry and Anna Marie pursued their entrepreneurial endeavors in the seafood business, Southern Seafood, for 15 years. When the opportunity presented itself, they founded Ewing Featherbirds in 1989, and the business is still in operation today, being run by their son, Douglas, and grandson, Cole.

Jerry was a member of the Forest Mills Church as a child. He and Anna Marie joined First Presbyterian Church, Waukon in 1961. Their children and several of their grandchildren were baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith and some are still active in that same church today.

Jerry has always loved his country and wanted to see as much of it as possible. His life in northeast Iowa, with the rolling hills and beautiful bluffs along the Mississippi River, gave him a love for fishing, farming, the great outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends. He also loved a challenging game of Euchre. It was always a given to win if you were his partner!

Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie, of Waterville; three children, Scott (Natasha) Ewing of Oregon, Lisa (Michael) Reisner of North Carolina and Douglas Ewing of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Glyeb, Gabriella, Claira, Johnna, Elijah, Cole and Connor; along with several nieces and nephews, and sisters- and brothers-in-law.

He will be welcomed into Heaven by his parents and brother, as well as many friends and other extended family members.