Lewis L. Lowe, 90
September 16, 2020
Lewis L. “Lew” Lowe, 90, of Willow Street, PA, formerly of Buena Vista, Colorado, passed away on September 16, 2020 at his home in Willow Valley Communities. Born on a farm in Humeston, Iowa, Lew was the son of the late Harry J. and Pearl E. (Bahr) Lowe. He was also the loving husband of Jean I. (Gardner) Lowe for 62 years until her passing in 2018.
After going to college at the Univ of Iowa and serving as a sergeant/captain in the Air Force, Lew pursued a long and successful career as a banker. He began his career in Iowa, working primarily for Hawkeye Bancorporation while raising his family in Rock Rapids. He and Jean in the mid-80’s moved to Buena Vista, CO where he started a bank from scratch in his late 50s, the Collegiate Peaks Bank. As a banker and as a friend, Lew will be remembered by many for his commitment to helping others and working to improve Buena Vista. During his career as the bank’s president, Lew helped many small business and farm owners to open or enhance their operations.
During his life, Lew enjoyed being active in the Lions, Optimist, and Kiwanis clubs and attending Buena Vista’s Congregational United Church of Christ. His work with the Boys and Girls Club in Buena Vista was special to him. In his retirement, he and Jean relocated to Pennsylvania to be closer to their children. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, playing pool, and pickleball. He was also very fond of playing cards; his favorites being cribbage, bridge and pinochle. Those that knew him well knew that when you played cards with Lew, you sat at the table ready to play.
He will be sorely missed by his sons: James Lowe, husband of Sherry of Lancaster, PA and Timothy Lowe, husband of Dawn of Ellicott City, MD. He is also survived by his brother, Ralph Lowe of Iowa, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in passing by his wife Jean and brother, Gordon Lowe.
A private interment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County, Lew Lowe Memorial – BV Building Fund, P.O. Box 1430, Salida, CO 81201.
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Condolences to the Family
September 27, 2020
Lew and Jean were our neighbors and friends for ten years in Willow Valley. They were a wonderful couple that we are honored to have known. We miss them.
Ann and Jim Adamski
September 24, 2020
To Lew’s family,
Ten years ago, the day my wife and I moved to Willow Street, Lew was the first person to greet us and to invite us to the building party being held there at the time. I thorooughly enjoyed his company and friendship over the years. He was kind and gentile and fun to be with. And I will miss him.
September 24, 2020
Dear Lew’s sons,
I was the Chief Operating Officer at Willow Valley Communities and got to know your Dad. Over the years, we developed a friendship, meeting every so often. We’d usually grab something to eat and then go for a drive. I enjoyed getting to know Lew and respected him highly. My life was enriched having known him.