Lowell V. Clark - November 05, 2009
Lowell Vernon Clark was born Dec. 28, 1927 to James and Elma (Miller) Clark on the family farm, 11 miles northwest of Imperial, Neb. He had four sisters and three brothers. His younger years on the farm were like most young boys, working in the fields and milking cows.
When Lowell was 14 years old he left home to help with harvest in Perkins County. He then worked on farms and ranches in the area until he was old enough to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served on the ship U.S.S. Mount Olympus that went to the South Pole on the Navy’s scientific expedition ‘Operation Highjump’ with Admiral Richard E. Byrd in command from 1946 to 1947.
While on leave, he married the love of his life, Barbara Kelley, on July 5, 1947. After Lowell’s discharge from the Navy they purchased their first home in Champion, Neb. and remained members of the community until present day. They were blessed with two children: daughter, Peggy Lee, and son, Jerry Wayne.
Lowell was stricken with polio when he was 24 years old and battled fatigue and residual pain the rest of his life.
Upon discharge he returned to the agriculture community and worked so hard to provide for his family. He was never afraid to try something new. In 1952, he had the first self-propelled ear corn picker (Massy Harris) in Chase County; in 1957 Lowell had the first two-row corn head that went on a combine; in 1966 he was the first custom sugar beet hauler in the county; in 1967 Lowell had the first custom manure spreaders, mounted on trucks, in the area, and in 1969 he had the first alfalfa cubers in the state of Nebraska.
Lowell was a kind and caring man, a very good neighbor—always there to lend a helping hand. He will be truly missed in the community, but one always had to be on guard for some kind of joke or prank. Lowell will be missed not sitting on the front porch in the summer time. His many friends and neighbors were always stopping by to ‘shoot the breeze.’ He dearly loved these times, but it did get quite deep, frequently.
Lowell was baptized on May 10, 1981, and loved his Lord, his family, and host of friends.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post #4688, serving various offices and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His hobbies included raising quarter horses and after retiring, due to health problems, he enjoyed whittling walking sticks while sitting out on the porch.
Lowell entered eternal rest at the Chase County Community Hospital on Oct. 25, 2009.
Mourning his loss are wife, Barbara, of 62 years of Champion, Neb.; daughter, Peggy Meeske, also of Champion, Neb.; and son, Jerry Clark and wife, Sharon, of Imperial, Neb. Grandchildren include Tracy Holm and husband, Mike, of Roca, Neb.; Levi Meeske of Doraville, Ga.; and Stoney Clark and wife, Annette, of Dwight, Neb. Great grandchildren are Jason, Ashley, Justin and Lindsey Holm; Ivee Meeske; and Carli, Madeline and Isaac Clark. Their lives will never be the same. God bless all of you; and thank you for touching their lives.
Private military rites by V.F.W. Post #4688, Imperial, and interment were held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial, Neb. Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 2009 and the Celebration of Life Memorial was that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Champion Community Center in Champion, Neb. with Kent Swink officiating.
Country music was provided by Harold Harmon, Rocky Martin and Kim Silvester.
Honorary casketbearers were Harold Harmon, Gordon Tropf, Wayne Weiss, Larry Tinkham, Wayne Raasch, Leroy Adams, Kent Swink, Charlie Beard, Dwight Barnes, Rick Harmon, Chuck Swink, Tom Weiss, Bill Eskew, Clint Johnson and Merle Griess.
A memorial has been established.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.