Jack Coward
1936 - 2021

Jack Coward

Jack Coward died Feb. 9, 2021, at the age of 84 in Billings.

Jack was born in Lubbock, Texas, on August 14, 1936. He grew up in the Texas Panhandle, graduating from Amarillo High, Wayland Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Seminary.

He met Linda Steinkuehler, his wife, at Wayland and they were together for almost 60 years. They were privileged to have two children and five grandchildren: Jeff and wife Kathy, their children, Connor and wife Loes, Montana and Killian of Virginia, and Kara Gaylord and husband Stacy and their children, Aly and Nolan of Billings.

Jack served God in many capacities. He ministered as a pastor, language missionary and a military chaplain (he served in Vietnam and retired from the military after 30 years). He was a college president as well as a chaplain for hospitals, jails, police, truckers and the pre-release center, Passages. He had a loving and caring heart and was always open to anyone who needed him or his God.

Jack was preceded in death by his dad Gene, his mother Aline, and stepmother Margaret. Besides his immediate family, he will be missed by his siblings and their families: Sue Thompson and husband Leslie, Bill Coward and wife Sue, and Daniel Coward and wife Bama. Many other relatives and friends, fellow LifeWay Church worshipers and co-workers will miss his quiet humor, his stories, his steadfastness and his steely determination.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at LifeWay Church of Billings at 11 am. Interment will follow at Terrace Gardens Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed on LifeWay Church Billings Facebook page, but all are welcomed to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yellowstone Christian College.

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Published by Billings Gazette on Feb. 14, 2021.
Funeral service
LifeWay Church of Billings
, Billings, Montana
Funeral services provided by:
Smith Funeral Chapels - Downtown
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Jack was such a great guy. Very kind loving heart. He touched many lives.
Cara Benton
February 27, 2021
May he rest in peace. Linda you and Jack has inspired me to with my husband 60+ years. You were like famoly. May God Bless you.
Jessica Moody-Habets
February 15, 2021
Stacy always called Jack his hero. After reading his obituary it´s easy to see why. A true servant of the Lord!
Margaret Gaylord
February 15, 2021
I am sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Jack, Linda and the Big A club. Take care and God bless.
Linda Ostermiller Mills
February 14, 2021