Alfred Gerald Lowery
Alfred Gerald Lowery, November 6, 1929 – September 5, 2016.
Alfred (Al) Lowery was born in Anaconda to Gerald & Elise Lowery on November 6, 1929.
They moved to the Deer Lodge Valley where the family originally homesteaded. His early farming days started at age nine working for many different farms. Al went to St. Mary’s Academy and graduated in 1947 from Powell County High School.
In 1952 he met his wonderful and beautiful wife Mary Catherine Anderson and they married December 12, 1953 at Sacred Heart Church in Butte.
After serving in the Army in Korea Al returned home in 1954 and started his family and career as a bricklayer working at the Anaconda Smelter. In 1967, the State of Montana hired Al for his masonry skills where he laid all of the block and tile for the dairy at the prison. Until his retirement, he built many fireplaces and brick/stone masterpieces throughout the valley.
In 1971 Al, Mary and their eight children built a brick home they shared with love, family and friends for 45 years.
Al loved the outdoors including hunting, horses, ice fishing, camping and gardening. He enjoyed telling stories and playing a game of cribbage sharing his smoked canned salmon and homemade wine.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; father and mother; sister, Mary Ann; brother, Glen and his wife, Sharon; grandson, John; daughter-in-law, Lorri and their best friends, Jack & Bonnie Warren.
Al is survived by his brother Robert (Shirley) Lowery; brother-in-law, Jack Anderson; brother-in-law, Joe Anderson; children, Dale Lowery, Diane (Larry) Benz, Dave (Patty) Lowery, Dan (Debra) Lowery, Dean (Naomi) Lowery, Don Lowery, Donna (Dan) Klette & Doug (Judy) Lowery; 33 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Celebration of Al’s life was held on Monday, September 12 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 140 Sam Beck Road, with a luncheon following at the Elks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Scleroderma Research Foundation, www.scleroderma.org, and Hand In Hand In Africa, www.handinhandinafrica.com.
Richard K. Shandy
Richard K. Shandy, 66.
Richard K. Shandy of Anaconda, passed away peacefully the evening of August 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. due to complications with diabetes. Cremation has taken place.
He was born on September 17, 1949, in Deer Lodge to Russell and Margie (Beck) Shandy. He spent his early years growing up in and around the Deer Lodge Valley. Rich was raised and educated in Deer Lodge attending both St. Mary’s Academy and Powell County High School. He married Linda Lewis in 1968 and the following year they moved to Anaconda where they made their home and raised their family. They later divorced but remained good friends. From this union Rich was blessed with four children, Beth, Heather, Becky and Heath. Rich spent his later years with good friend and companion, Sandra Glenn.
Starting at a young age, Rich had a big heart and was always willing to lend a hand. Rich spent most of his childhood outdoors tending to his animals, riding his horse, and spending time with family and friends. He was well known for his gift of gab, sense of humor, and always having a treat to share. He enjoyed attending his children’s activities, going on picnics, fishing and playing pinochle. Rich worked for the Anaconda Company until the smelter closed. He then became self employed as a painter where he took pride in the many houses he painted in the area and the friendships that he made.
Rich was preceded in death by his father, Russell M. Shandy, paternal grandparents, J.B. and Millie (Tucker) Shandy, and maternal grandparents, Pete and Margaret (O’Keefe) Beck.
He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his mother, Margie Shandy of Helena, daughter Beth (Mike) Parks and their children, Skylar and Taylor of Butte, daughter Heather (Mike) Gasper and their son Michael Patrick of Mansfield, Tex., daughter Becky (Chris) Sorg and their son Carson of Swisher, Iowa, son Heath (Ruth) Shandy and their sons Chris and Brody of Benton, La., sisters Linda (Jim) Quigley of Avon, Deb (Pete) Horton of Helena, ex-wife, Linda Shandy of Butte, special companion Sandra Glenn of Anaconda, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Deer Lodge. Burial will immediately follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at St. Mary’s Center. Memorials, if you wish, may be made to a charity of your choice.