Gary Lynn Lower passed away at his home on Dec. 16 after a short battle with brain cancer.
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He was born June 23, 1941 in Bozeman to Birdie Parker Lower and Charles Haliday Lower. He was preceded in death by his parents, double cousin, Barry Lower, and the mother of his children, Linda (Campbell) Potter.
Gary spent most of his life in Willow Creek, graduating in 1960 from the Willow Creek school. After a short stint in barber school, he barbered in Whitehall and Willow Creek. In 1970 he went to work for Cyprus Industrial Minerals (IMERYS), retiring in 2001. He bought a few acres outside of Willow Creek and found his passion in raising registered black angus cattle. He enjoyed hosting poker games in the calving shed, hunting, and fishing with Darb. He also had a knack for horse trading and spent lots of time pawn shopping. Gary was a very generous man and good neighbor. He loved the Grizzlies and his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ann Lower; daughters, Bonnie Lower (Dan Smith), Willow Creek; Janie (Kirk) Barfuss, White Sulphur Springs; Charlie (Sherri) Lower, Willow Creek; stepson, Joe (Carla) McEntire, Belgrade; and brother, Richard Lower of Harrison. He is also survived by grandchildren, Haliday, Abbey, Parker, Campbell, Logan, Morgan, Jordan, Brandi, Bryant, Chance, Brandon, Kallie; two great-grandchildren, Caiden and Caylee and two nephews and one niece.
Services will be held at Willow Creek gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. with Gary's skypilot Rev. Linda Fritz officiating. A reception at the school will follow services.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Willow Creek School.
The family would like to say a big "Thank You" to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice and Serenity Home Health Care of White Sulphur Springs.
K&L Mortuaries & Crematory of Three Forks is assisting with arrangements.
K & L Mortuaries
109 West Second
Whitehall, MT 59759
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 18, 2014