Lowell Duane Davis, 80, of Marshalltown and formerly of Toledo passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM at Christ United Methodist Church Worship Center in Toledo with Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in rural Toledo with Military Honors. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Lowell was born on April 25, 1931 in Toledo, Iowa, the son of Harold K. and Esther (Boyer) Davis.
He graduated from Toledo High School and attended Central Iowa Business College in Marshalltown from 1949 to 1951. On May 21, 1951, Lowell began his career with the Highway Commission as a rodman on the preliminary survey crew out of Ames.
Lowell Duane Davis
On September 13, 1952, Uncle Sam drafted him into the U.S. Army and he served until September 15, 1954, spending a year in the Korean conflict attaining the rank of Sergeant.
On September 15, 1954, Lowell returned to work with the Highway Commission (DOT) at the Marshalltown construction residency. On February 10, 1957, he was united in marriage to Gail Sells at the Traer United Methodist Church. On May 11, 1979, he attained the supervisory role of construction tech 3, the classification he retired with. Lowell's last projects were the Prairie City to Monroe four-lane on Ia. 163 and the west end of the U.S. 30 bypass grading project in Marshalltown.
Lowell was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo.
Lowell played steel guitar for a band in the Marshalltown area. Lowell was a beloved family man who enjoyed music, camping, and supporting his grandchildren's activities.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother-in-law, Duane Halverson.
Survivors include his wife Gail of Marshalltown; one daughter Renee (Noel) Vogt of Melbourne; two sons, Craig Davis of Cedar Rapids, and Ryan (Jill) Davis of Pella; five grandchildren, Sierra Vogt, O.D. of Charleston, SC, Amanda Vogt of Scottsdale, AZ, Madison Davis of Ames, Sam Davis of Pella, and Adam Davis of Pella; one sister, Deloris Halverson of Iowa City; one aunt, Gladys Boyer of DeKalb, IL; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Christ United Methodist Church or Iowa River Hospice.