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Lowell Gene Sheely

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
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Lowell Gene Sheely

Lowell Gene Sheely of Dover, Minn., died on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the Yuma Regional Hospital in Yuma, AZ.

He was born July 6, 1931 in Guckeen, MN to Charles “Art” and Peryl (Davis) Sheely. Shortly after they moved to Olie, IA until moving back to the Austin, MN area in 1946. He graduated from Elkton High School in 1948. He worked on the Regan farm until entering the US Army, serving from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War. After retuning he worked for Kace Lumberyard in Austin.

On June 27, 1955 he married Wilma Rugg. Together they farmed near Brownsdale MN first milking cows then raising hogs and beef cattle. In 1967 they purchased a farm near Dover, continuing to raising hogs, beef cattle, and crops. He was an active member for many years in NFO (serving a term as president), MN Beef Council, and St. Charles Moose Lodge (serving two terms as governor), and the American Legion. Along with farming through the years he also sold Vinton Seedcorn, Archer Oil, and Occo Feeds and did a lot of custom work. He worked for the ASCS Office/ Farm Service Agency from 1980 to 1991 as a field reporter and 1992 to 1995 as a county committee member.

He loved fishing, farming, more fishing, bowling, planting a large garden with lots of watermelon and muskmelon, and was an avid listener to opening and closing markets. Around the year 2001 he shifted into retirement consisting of planting a larger than needed garden and lots of fishing for sunnys and crappies for hosting his annual fish fry for all the relatives. This was the year they began to spend their winters in Yuma, AZ where he enjoyed the warmer winters, the different agriculture, and the people.

Lowell is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Wilma, and their four children, Beverly (Jack) Briggs of Eyota, MN; Gene Sheely (Deb Ward) of Byron, MN; Rebecca(Becky) Sheely of Dover, MN; and LouAnn (Wayne) Ellringer of Eyota, Minn.; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eloise Foss, Caroline Bernard, Eleanor Johnson; and two brothers, William (Bill) and Larry Sheely.

Lowell was preceeded in death by his parents Art and Peryl Sheely and by one brother Laverne Sheely.

A Celebration of Lowell’s life was held Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles with the Reverend Heather E. Klason officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery at Dover. Military graveside honors were conducted by the Eyota American Legion.

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