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Lowell Ivan Howe

d. January 14, 2022

January 15, 1929 ~ January 14, 2022


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

3:00 to 8:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.

Harlan, IA

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

10:30 AM

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Harlan, IA

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Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Kirkman, IA


1 Son – Warren (Julie) Howe of Marengo, IA

1 Daughter – Marietta (Michael) Edwards of Dallas, TX

1 Sister – Ina Jean Howe of Sun City West, AZ

5 Grandchildren – Renee Howe of Independence, IA

Samantha (Troy) Hunter of Neosho, MO

Trevor (fiancée, Justice Hale) Howe of Cedar Rapids, IA

Alexis (Braden) Kehl of West Fork, AR

Madison Edwards of Myrtle Beach, SC

1 Great-grandchild – Jaylee Ohl of Independence, IA

Other Relatives and Friends

Lowell Ivan Howe, the son of Claude and Blanche M. (Brock) Howe, was born on January 15, 1929, in Defiance, Iowa. He attended Shelby (Iowa) High School, and graduated with the Class of 1947. On March 22, 1951, Lowell entered the United States Army, and served in Korea. He attained the rank of Corporal before he received his Honorable Discharge on December 22, 1952.

Lowell married Bernice Joy Christensen on August 3, 1957, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harlan, Iowa. The couple began farming northeast of Shelby before relocating to their farm home southeast of Kirkman, Iowa. Although Lowell was primarily engaged in farming during his lifetime, he had also worked as a welder for Jacobs Tools in Harlan, and had done car windshield repair. In recent years, Lowell had made his home in Marengo, Iowa, to be near family.

Lowell was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, where he had served as a Deacon. After his move to Marengo, he worshiped at Cornerstone Church in rural Millersburg, Iowa. Lowell had been a member of the Botna Valley Angus Association. For the past 12 years, he served as a volunteer at KSKB Christian Radio, Brooklyn, Iowa. Lowell enjoyed restoring and using antique tractors, and especially liked to work with Minneapolis Moline tractors and his own H Farmall. He found music to be entertaining, and took pleasure in playing the harmonica.

Lowell I. Howe died on Friday, January 14, 2022, at Compass Memorial Healthcare in Marengo, Iowa. He had reached the age of 92 years, 11 months, and 30 days.

Preceding Lowell in death were his parents; his wife, Bernice Joy Howe, on September 23, 2003; one sister, Dorothy Sims; and three brothers, Donald Howe, Leonard Howe, and Tracy Howe. He is survived by one son, Warren (Julie) Howe of Marengo, Iowa; one daughter, Marietta (Michael) Edwards of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Ina Jean Howe of Sun City West, Arizona; five grandchildren, Renee Howe of Independence, Iowa, Samantha (Troy) Hunter of Neosho, Missouri, Trevor (fiancée, Justice Hale) Howe of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Alexis (Braden) Kehl of West Fork, Arkansas, and Madison Edwards of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one great-grandchild, Jaylee Ohl of Independence, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Phil Nielsen of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harlan, and Pastor Heather Ploen of United Lutheran Church, Shelby, Iowa, officiating. Serving as honorary casket bearers were John Haas, Jim Bieker, Dale Clemons, Ted Andersen, Keith Fiscus, Gale Baughman, and Rick Chipman. Active casket bearers were Scott Rasmussen, Trevor Howe, Shane Andersen, Lamont Christensen, Tracy Kosmacek, and Daniel Christensen. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Kirkman, Iowa, with military rites conducted by the Helmer Reyelt American Legion Post #150, Harlan, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Open Door Mission, Omaha, Nebraska. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc., Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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