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Roger L. Lowry

December 7, 1938 — February 14, 2023

Gillette

 

Roger Lewellen Lowry, 84, passed away peacefully and was called home to be with the Lord while surrounded by family on February 14, 2023, at Campbell County Health in Gillette, Wyoming after a brief battle with acute myeloblastic leukemia. His beloved wife, Grace, passing three and half hours before him.

Roger was born on December 7, 1938 to Raymond and Elnora (Kiser) Lowry at the Lowry Homestead in Kiowa-Lyman, Nebraska. He was raised on the Homestead and attended school in Lyman, Nebraska. He grew up working agriculture alongside of his family.

After returning from the Marine Corps, he came home to Mitchell, Nebraska working various jobs and riding saddle broncs in his free time. He would always go back to where his heart was, agriculture.

On October 18th, 1962, he married Judith “Judy” (Howe) Lowry. To this union, two daughters were born, Colleen and Christine. They later divorced.

He began working campaigns for Great Western Sugar Factory in Mitchell, Nebraska in 1957 to 1962. He became a year-round full-time employee in 1966. In 1974, he took a promotion as shift superintendent thus being transferred and moved his family to Lovell, Wyoming. He was well liked by his crew and coworkers. He worked in the sugar beet factory industry for a total of 40 years. He married Grace (Schatz) Jackson on August 5th, 1978 and to this union he gained a stepson David Jackson, who he considered a son. Roger built his first two homes as a hobby and decided to start a small construction company, Lowry Builders. He built several residential homes, commercial businesses, shops, and did a few remodels in Lovell and around the Big Horn Basin area.

He was a humble, kind, wise, faithful, and patriotic man who loved God, his family, and country. He was a true cowboy that lived the cowboy life. Roger was known for his story telling and sense humor. He told several jokes, always making people laugh, and loved to stump people with his riddles and math problems. Roger never knew a stranger and made friends everywhere he went. Though he loved the small-town atmosphere they moved to Billings, Montana in 2020 to be closer to doctors, not liking the big city life, decided to move back to Wyoming in 2021. They moved to Gillette, Wyoming to be closer to his daughter and her family. Roger was very proud of his children and grandchildren, he considered them his greatest blessings and gifts from God. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Roger is survived by his sister, Ramona “Mona” (Ken) Sinner of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; brother, Richard Lowry of Esterbrook, Wyoming; daughters, Colleen (Dan) Mesa of Gillette, Wyoming;  Christine (Ed) Fourman of Mesquite, Nevada; stepson, David (Twyla) Jackson of Port Ludlow, Washington; five grandchildren; Daniel (Lauren Pate) Jackson of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; Jacob (Hannah Deardorff) Fourman of Laramie, Wyoming; Alec Mesa of Casper, Wyoming; Justine (CJ) Murphey of Casper, Wyoming and Sarah Mesa of Gillette, Wyoming; one step great-granddaughter, Annabelle Pate of North Kingstown, Rhode Island; and several nieces and nephews.

Roger is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Lowry; his parents Raymond and Elnora Lowry; sister, Margaret “Marty” Hettinger; niece Cindy (Lowry) Hamburger; great-nephew Lincoln Hampton; and sister-in-law Joan Lowry.

A special thank you to the Oncology Center, Hospice, doctors, nurses and all staff at Campbell County Health for the wonderful care that was given to Roger.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, a donation to St. Jude’s Hospital would greatly be appreciated.

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