Lynn Junior McCord (February 1, 2020)

Lynn McCordJanuary 17, 1926 ~ February 1, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
3:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
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Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home

Thursday, February 6, 2020
10:30 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in Bowman’s Grove Cemetery, Rural Shelby County, IA

Wife – Grace McCord of Harlan, IA
5 Children – Linda (Tim) Richards of Silt, CO
Ronald (Carolyn) McCord of Pleasant Hill, MO
Barbara (Randy) Nicholson of Indianola, IA
JoAnne (Charles) Wright of Holland, MI
Kendall (Beckie) McCord of Garland, TX
19 Grandchildren
25 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Lynn Junior McCord, the son of Bradley L. and Hazel L. (Grabill) McCord, was born on January 17, 1926, in rural Harlan, Iowa. He attended country school and graduated from Harlan High School in 1944; he then completed two years of college. On September 3, 1950, Lynn married Grace Marie Corwin in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Lynn entered the United States Army in May 1951, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged, Lynn returned to the Harlan area where he and Grace bought a farm near his family’s homestead. Lynn was a hardworking farmer who loved the land, and was a skilled blacksmith and carpenter. He also drove feed truck for Nelson Farm Supply of Harlan. Lynn retired from farming in the late 1980s, and the couple moved into town in 2010. They had recently become residents of Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan.

Lynn was an active member of Harlan Church of Christ, where he, along with Grace, sang in a quartet for nursing home church services. When he was younger, Lynn was a licensed pilot, and in more recent years he enjoyed fishing.

Lynn J. McCord died on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan, Iowa. He had reached the age of 94 years and 15 days.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Darle Pedersen. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Grace McCord of Harlan, Iowa; five children, Linda (Tim) Richards of Silt, Colorado, Ronald (Carolyn) McCord of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Barbara (Randy) Nicholson of Indianola, Iowa, JoAnne (Charles) Wright of Holland, Michigan, and Kendall (Beckie) McCord of Garland, Texas; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Minister James Nored leading the service. Casket bearers were Lynn’s loving grandchildren. Burial was in Bowman’s Grove Cemetery, rural Shelby County, Iowa. Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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5 Responses to Lynn Junior McCord (February 1, 2020)

  1. Mary McCumber (Walker) says:

    Linda and family, I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this time.

  2. John Kemp, Colorado Springs, Colorado says:

    I graduated from High School with Lynn in 1944. The last time I saw Lynn and Grace was at our 65th High School reunion in 2009. Lynn and I took a trip together through South Dakota in the late forties, probably 47 or 48. We toured the Badlands, and the Black Hills.Stopped at Mt. Rushmore and toured Custer State Park. As I recall we went on to Devils Tower and to Sheridan, Wyoming.

    Lynn always had a nice friendly smile and a mild manner. Lynn will be missed by me, and I am sure by all of the remaining classmates of 1944. My prayers are with Grace and the family.

  3. Bonnie Corwin says:

    Yah he and Grace would always come to Grandma Rachel’s family get together every summer in Albert Lea, or in St. Louis Park, Being I was raised on a farm I would talk farm talk and enjoyed all the time and chats we had with each other. He always had a smile on his face. Grace and to all of you. My prayers are going up to you all.

  4. John Wright says:

    Sorry Joanne for your loss. He was a great, great man, what little I saw of him. We love you all and are praying for Grace and peace at this time.

  5. Bruce Poldberg says:

    So sorry to hear about Lynn’s death. I remember Lynn as being a soft spoken hard working farmer. And, most importantly a Christian man. We will all miss Lynn’s little grin. Rest In Peace good neighbor. 🙏

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