Edward J. “Cowboy” Schlueter Jr.

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Edward J. “Cowboy” Schlueter Jr., 73, of Machesney Park. Ill., entered into eternal rest Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, Oct. 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guttenberg. Visitation was before services at the church.

Cowboy was born May 4, 1943, in Elkader, the son of Edward and Marie (Kafer) Schlueter Sr. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army and married Patricia Ottaway on Oct. 15, 1988, in Dubuque. He was employed by Rockford Clutch for 32 years. Cowboy was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and American Legion and avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He enjoyed farming activities and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; sons, Edward “Sonny” (Bobbie) Schlueter, Ill., of Machesney Park and Brian (Nancy) Schlueter of Dyersville; daughters, Sheila (Ted) Owens and Sherry Roach, both of Rockford, Ill., and Sue (Ron) Maiers of Holy Cross; grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Pettit and Lauren (Jason) Wallace, both of Tennessee, Theodore Owens #2 of Rockford, Meagan (Andy) Bishop of Kentucky, E.J. (Meagan) Schlueter IV, of Indiana, Stephanie Owens of Rockford, Austin Schlueter of Loves Park, Nikki Maiers, Josh Maiers, Damon (Erica) Maiers, Brooke (Greg) Wulfekuhle, Craig Schlueter and Kristen Schlueter, all of Iowa; great-grandchildren, Alyson, Shelbi, Lane, Jaxon, ClaraBelle, Jake, Sara Beth, Boone, Lucas, Hudson and Jack; brothers, Larry, Robert, Kenny (Polly) and Joe Schlueter; sister, Mary (Steve) Morarend; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving four-legged family member, Benny.

He was predeceased by his parents; first wife, Darlene; son, Roger Dale; daughter, Sara Mangrum; sister, Dorothy; two brothers in infancy; and beloved four-legged family members, Max, Beemer and Willie.

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