Lowell Alfred Farland, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at his home. To celebrate Lowell’s memory, a memorial lunch will be held 11 a.m. April 30, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Swea City, Iowa. The family asks that you bring your favorite memories and stories of Lowell to share with everyone.
Family graveside services will be held in rural Swea City. Henry-Olson Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements and cremation.
Lowell Farland was born April 30, 1937 to Alfred and Grace (Schmidt) Farland and grew up loving life on the farm north of Swea City. Lowell passed away Jan 23, 2018, at his home in rural Ceylon.
He graduated from the high school there and went to Waldorf College in Forest City. He then attended and graduated from Mankato State College. He was on the track team at both colleges, excelling in the sprint races. He was an exceptional athlete, having placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th in high jump and sprint events at the Iowa State Class B track meet his senior year in high school.
After college he enlisted in the army and was stationed in Okinawa between the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He returned home and farmed for a year then got a job in Ceylon High School teaching industrial arts. Lowell always had many projects under way and even more ideas; he enjoyed helping students with their projects and kept in contact with many of them.
He got reacquainted with Reta Walker from high school; they married June 10, 1967 and moved to Ceylon where she also began teaching. They moved to a farm near Tuttle Lake where they engaged in numerous hobbies, projects, and business activities. They traveled extensively in this country, spent time in Norway as chaperones for a 4-H exchange program, and did a lot of fishing, especially on the Missouri river near Pierre, SD. When the school in Ceylon was nearing closure Lowell retired from teaching, and later he began working for TG Industries in Armstrong, where he retired after about 25 years. Sadly, his partner in adventures, Reta, passed suddenly in 1996, leaving a large void in Lowell’s life.
In the late 1980’s Lowell had become very active in wood carving, being a member of several clubs around the area and attending wood carving and spending 2 weeks in Arkansas attending carving classes. Being the consummate handy man, he made his own carving tools, machines to sharpen them, and even a special chair that he used to sit in and carve. In recent years, his carving had pretty much stopped because of medical problems, but he still loved to hang out and swap stories with everyone.
Lowell is survived by his daughter Sheri, son-in-law Wade Taylor, grand daughters Amanda (Jerit) Wohlford and Bethany Taylor, and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Reid and Dale (Joan) Farland, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet (Donald) Hein and Dori (James) Kostka, three nieces, and a number of cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reta, his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and five cousins.
Memorials can be made for woodcarving scholarships for local clubs.