Raymond Garland Lowrance of Eckert died June 23, 2017, after battling cancer. He was 86.
He was born in Lockney, Texas, to Elije and Sally (Truelove) Lowrance on Dec. 9, 1930. He moved to the Delta/Olathe area when he was five years old.
On March 28, 1954, he married Shirley Ann Guy in Grand Island, Neb. They lived in Delta for 12 years and moved to Eckert in 1966.
Mr. Lowrance earned the rank of staff sergeant after serving 13 years in the Colorado and Nebraska National Guard. He was a foreman at Skyland Food Corporation for 33 years and retired after 15 years with Meadow Gold Dairies.
He was an active member of Cedaredge Assembly of God. He attended the men's group and served on the Prime Timers committee for 33 years. He took part in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. and volunteered for disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife served at the Middle East Gospel Outreach Christian Center on the Island of Cyprus for three terms. He also volunteered at Camp Cedaredge and traveled to the Holy Land.
He enjoyed serving the Lord, spending time with family and friends, working in the yard, pruning trees, traveling, driving his "old red '66 Chevy," and camping, fishing and cutting firewood with his family on Grand Mesa.
Mr. Lowrance is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley; children, Roseann Romero of Grand Junction, Ron Lowrance of Cedaredge and Cindy (Denny) Falls of Black Forest; grandchildren, Heather (Waylon) Cochrane of Clifton, Jessica (Robert) ONeil of Grand Junction, Ronda (Patricio) Barajas of Delta, Aaron (Shawna) Lowrance of Delta and Halee Lowrance of Cedaredge; great-grandchildren, Kimber and Karley ONeil, Lilly, Waylon Jr. and Violet Cochrane, Gunner Lowrance, Karena, Jaden and Kamrin Barajas; brother, Elmer (Roberta) Lowrance; sisters-in-law, Betty Lowrance, Joan Bushhousen, Judy (Darrel) Sutter; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
A celebration of life will be held at Cedaredge Assembly of God at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416, or to Raven's Ministries Inc., c/o Phil Neely, 630 Golden Drive, Montrose, CO 81401.
Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.