Robert D. (Bob) Lowery, age 89, of Independence, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.
Bob was born in 1928, the second of seven children born to H. Chester and Nellie Lowery. He was raised in Mapleton, OH, and graduated from East Canton High School.
Bob loved baseball, and even tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He enlisted in the army in 1946, and served as a PFC during the Korean Conflict, becoming the second-best rifle shot in his battalion.
After returning from the service, he worked at a dairy farm in Iowa, then came to Minnesota to visit a military friend. Being an outdoorsman, Bob decided to stay in Minnesota, and found a winter caretaker position at a northern resort near Remer.
In the spring, Bob landed a job at the J.C. Clark iron board factory in Spring Park. There he rented a room at the Twin Birch Nursing Home, where he met a young German lady named Marie, who was working as a cook. They fell in love, got married in 1955 and began their life together in Independence, where they later bought some land from local farmers, Elden and Leona Anderson, and built a family home, living there for 55 years and raising five children.
For many years, Bob worked two jobs to make ends meet; testing milk for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association; and as a maintenance worker for the Hennepin County Park District. While working for the park district, he saved the life of a co-worker and friend, Lester Young, by rushing him to a hospital after an allergic reaction to a bee sting.
Bob then took a truck driver position with Hennepin County DOT that he held until his retirement in 1990, at age 62.
Throughout his life, Bob’s hobbies included hunting, trapping, bowling, horseshoes, and church softball. He was often heard whistling various popular and religious tunes while he worked. A skilled tree feller, Bob harvested dozens of diseased elm trees to heat their home over the years.
Bob and his family were active members of Maple Plain Community Church, where he sang in the choir, assisted with various volunteer events, and served as a trustee for many years.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marie.
He is survived by his children, David (wife Kathy), Ingrid Baty, Kenneth (wife Christine), Erika (husband Tom) Solom, and Tom (wife Tammy); his grandchildren: Kristin, Katelyn, Anna, John, Jeremy, Amy, Theresa, Kyle, Nick and Ally; and great-grandchildren Ashley, Luke, James, and Claire.
Bob’s funeral service took place Thursday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at Maple Plain Community Church. Interment followed at Lewis Cemetery, Maple Plain.
There was visitation Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Iten Funeral Home in Delano; and continued Thursday at the church, from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.