Official Obituary of

Diane Jo (Cowden) Randel

August 7, 1940 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Diane (Cowden) Randel Obituary

Diane Jo Smith (Cowden) Randel, age 83, formerly of Riverton, IA passed on, early Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Homestead Assisted Living and Memory Care in Shenandoah, IA.

Diane was born on August 7, 1940 in Hamburg, IA; the daughter of Faye Fenton and Phyllis (Whitehead) Smith.  She attended school in Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School with the Class of 1958.

She was united in marriage to Franz Patrick Cowden on January 9, 1959 in Hamburg and to this union four children were born:  Debra, Kristine, Franz II and Charles.  Patrick preceded her in death in 2005.  She later married Clifford Randel on August 23, 2008 in McCook, NE and they shared 13 years together before his passing in 2021.

Diane was a unique individual of many talents and passions. She was a kind and patient woman who always put the needs of her children before herself. Most important to her was being a mother to her four children. She spent her early years raising the children and helping Pat on the farm with whatever was needed. Later in life, she worked alongside Pat at the bank in Riverton.

She had a passion for animals, especially horses which continued throughout her entire life. She was a free spirited and creative soul, enjoying painting, calligraphy, and tending to flowers and plants.  Diane looked forward every year to entering her artwork in the Fremont County Fair where she won numerous awards.

Diane is survived by her four children:  Debra Ann Cowden Easterla and David of Maryville, MO, Kristine Williams and Tracy of Hamburg, IA and grandson Michael Martin of Westboro, MO, granddaughter Kelli Haug (Kevin) and great grandson Forest Haug of Louisville, NE, Franz II and Barbara Cowden and granddaughters Anna and Emma of Riverton, IA and Charles Cowden and Molly Gruber of Gretna, NE; brother Faye “Punky” Smith; sister-in-law Sally Windsor (Bill); niece Tracey Starr and children Jonathan and Adeline. Also surviving are Cliff’s children: Michelle Larington and husband Dan, Loretta Hauxwell and husband Brent, and Brad Randel and wife Adrienne and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Franz “Pat” Cowden; second husband Clifford Randel; her parents; and half brother Olin Taylor.

The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (3/3) at Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, IA.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2024 at the Riverton Christian Community Church in Riverton, IA.  Burial will follow at the Riverton Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Riverton Fire Dept. or the Riverton Christian Community Church.

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March 3, 2024

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Rash-Gude Funeral Home
1220 Main St.
Hamburg, IA 51640

Funeral Service
March 4, 2024

10:30 AM
Former Riverton Methodist Church (Christian Community Church)
I Street
Riverton, Iowa 51650


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