William Lowell Loveless(1923 - 2013)

William Lowell Loveless

December 30, 1923 - December 18, 2013

Lowell Loveless passed peacefully Wednesday, December 18th at Salem Hospital with family at his side. He was born December 30, 1923 in Highmore, South Dakota, the fourth of five sons born to Leon and Lillian Loveless. He grew up during the Great Depression in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When World War II began, he enlisted, underage, in the 34th Division (Red Bull), 151st Field Artillery. He was among the first American troops to enter the European campaign with service in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart during this service. On leave home in 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Weaver. They spent the next fifty-nine years together raising their three sons and building their lives until Dorothy was called by her Lord in 2003. During this time they enjoyed traveling, church activities, and reveling in the birth of each new grandchild. For the past few years, Lowell's home was Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community where he appreciated both staff and residents.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Lowell's working career began in the insurance industry in underwriting and project management. In 1958, the family moved from Minnesota to California, where among his proudest memories was the work he did planning the business offices in the Los Angeles Occidental Tower. He later worked for and retired from Fluor Corporation as a project manager. In 1987, Lowell and Dorothy moved to Salem, Oregon and built their new home.

Lowell was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and brothers, James, Robert, Donald, and Clifford. Remaining to share his memories are sons Robert, Scott (Carol), Todd (Maria), grandchildren Kimberley, Matt, Angela Escobar(Moi), Diane Schaefer(Jeff), and Jennifer Gomez (Brian), and great-grandchildren Alexa, Elliott, Ariel and Grace, friends and extended family members.

Lowell's ashes will join those of his wife, Dorothy, at Fort Snelling National Cemetary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the last ten years, he was most grateful for the wreaths and flowers placed there by his nephew, Peter Hanson and wife, Sis. Services are to be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 1230 Liberty St SE on Monday, December 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. God speed, Dad. You will be missed.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 21, 2013