Lowell Haga-Leas, 48

Lowell A. Haga-Leas, age 48, of Mayer, passed away Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born Aug. 24, 1969, in Kenmare, ND, the son of LaVerne Haga (Laurie) and June (Sherman) Leas (Ken); older brother to Joy Kruchowski and Katie Leas. He was baptized as an infant at Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite, ND, and confirmed Jan. 21, 2007, at Zion Lutheran in Mayer.

Lowell attended school in Chisholm, where he ran cross country and played hockey.

He was united in marriage to Debra Dawn Aug. 11, 2007, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. Lowell was blessed with four children: Mollie, Jennifer, Drew and Nolan; and three grandchildren: Laura, Blake and Owen.

Lowell loved to work, and held several jobs throughout the years. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver and put on over 2 million miles on the road, driving in every state except Hawaii and Alaska. He also worked for P&H Mine Pro, US Foods, Waste Management, and drove a recycle truck for Vintage Waste, where he found many treasures, or “findings,” throughout his time there. He enjoyed being at work and would leave for work several hours early to drink coffee, take care of “business,” and chat with his many friends and co-workers.

Lowell also found enjoyment coming home to the farm in Mayer, and spending time with his wife, Debra, family, and the animals. Lowell and Deb enjoyed camping with the horses, trail riding, and going for long road trips, recently to Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Kansas. When Lowell lived Up North, he enjoyed dirt biking on the mining trails and going out to the woods with Dave and Danny, cutting trees.

Lowell had a red Ford truck and would love to tell people it had over 350,000 miles on it, and could go for another 300,000.

He always had a warm, friendly smile on his face, and a smart comment, handshake, or a story to share with everyone he met. He had a gift for storytelling and never forgot a name.

Lowell had a love for God, which started as a young child. He would enjoy taking his little sister, Joy, to church Sunday mornings. Over the past few years, he was a very active member at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, where he served as head usher.

Most people take a lot for granted, but Lowell always lived life passionately and in a caring way. He loved life so deeply, and struggled so hard to keep it.

Lowell was preceded in death by his grandparents; and father-in-law Everett Damlow.

He is survived his loving family: wife Debra Dawn Iverson; children Drew Haga of Fort Worth, TX, Nolan Kruchowski of San Diego, CA, Mollie (Nicholas) Hoese of Watertown, and Jennifer Iverson of Mayer; grandchildren Laura, Blake, and Owen Hoese; father LaVerne Haga; mother June (Ken) Sherman of Slayton; sister Joy Kruchowski of Hibbing; mother-in-law Eldora Damlow of Norwood Young America; brothers-in-law David Damlow of Ramsey, and Dale Damlow of Jackson, TN; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Lowell’s funeral service was Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with the Revs. Adam Gless, Lucas Woodford and Tom Colgrove officiating. There was visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Chris Farniok, Brad Quaas, Dave Hoese, Norville Luebke, Rex Guthland, and Dave Leustek.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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