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William O. 'Bill' Lowe

Nov 30, 2012 - Staff

William O. "Bill" Lowe, longtime resident of Lander, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at his home. He was 89 years old.

He was cremated, per his request, and there will be no memorial services.

William O. "Bill" Lowe was born Dec. 26, 1922, in Fremont, Ohio, the son of Carl and Grace (Keener) Lowe.

After graduating from Fort Collins High School, Mr. Lowe joined the U.S. Army in 1942 where he served with the 2nd Armored Group, 473 Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy during World War II under Gen. George Patton. He was there for nearly three years, working as a tank gunner and tank commander.

His family said he was very proud of the time he spent in the service. He was honorably discharged in 1945, and Nov. 11, 2009, was proclaimed as Bill Lowe Day when he was chosen as Lander's first "Veteran of the Year" during Lander Valley High School's Veterans Day celebration.

Mr. Lowe worked as an auto body repairman for Hallam Inc. for several years before opening Lander Body Shop. After he retired as an auto body repairman, he built and operated a tourist shop on South Pass. He also had several rental properties in the Lander area. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lander Amercian Legion and the BPOE.

His family said Mr. Lowe was a man who loved to serve others, and he was the kind of man who would drop everything he was doing to help others. Although he lived alone most of his life, Mr. Lowe had a wide and varied circle of friends, and his honesty and integrity were admirable, a beacon for others to emulate.

He is survived by his special friend, Claudia Rotherham of Lander; stepsons James Welch and Joe Welch, both of Lander; sister Dorothy Dumler of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Carl, Charles, Dick and Don Lowe; sisters Jean Busch, Martha Ellen Lowe and Margaret Lowe Seacrest.

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