Melvin Kester Lowe, 82, of Litchfield, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 at 8:28 a.m., at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
Born on December 31, 1937 in Litchfield, to Fred Alfred and Euphemia “Famie” Elizabeth (Dagon) Lowe. Mr. Lowe was a graduate of Litchfield Community High School, Class of 1956. He married the former Charlotte Ann Laurie on October 5, 1958 and they were married for 44 years but later divorced.
Mr. Lowe was a self employed carpenter for several years and built new homes in the Roberson subdivision in its early development. He remodeled several homes in and around Litchfield with room additions and makeovers. In his earlier work years he was employed at International Paper Company, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, and Litchfield Coca Cola bottling plant as a deliveryman. Mr. Lowe was currently employed as an attendant at the local Bay Wash Car Wash facilities. Mr. Lowe was a member of the Christian Church of Litchfield, Mt. Moriah Lodge #51 A.F. & A.M. in Hillsboro. Over the years Mr. Lowe enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Honda Goldwing Riders Assn. He also enjoyed going to Rodeos and watching Western movies and living in Arizona for several years.
Mr. Lowe is survived by two daughters; Laurie (Clif) Ingram of Litchfield, and Leslie (Curt) Frawley of Smithton, IL., his sister, Dorothy Hamman of Tucson, AZ. Five grandchildren; Caleb (Shaika) Ingram, Bethany (Daniel) Wu, Joel (Caroline) Ingram, Grace and Sarah Ingram. Three great grandchildren; Connor and Caisyn Ingram and Oliver Wu.
Mr. Lowe is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Fred Lowe, Jr., Lester Lowe and Marvin Lowe, three sisters; Florence Massey, Linda Whisler, infant sister Donna Mae and infant great grandson Cade Ingram.
Funeral Services for Mr. Lowe will be conducted Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. The Rev. Skyler Elmer, pastor of the Christian Church of Litchfield will officiate and burial will be in the Elm Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. The family suggests memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Litchfield Food Pantry or Hearts United in Litchfield.
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