Lowell Hexum

April 26, 2018

obit Hexum Lowell EugeneJuly 30, 1925 – April 15, 2018

Lowell Eugene Hexum passed away April 15 at Safe Harbor Assisted Liv­ing in Longmont, Colo­rado.
Funeral service was 10 a.m. Friday, April 20 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont, with burial at Ft. Logan National Cem­etery in Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the fam­ily requests donations to Safe Harbor Assisted Liv­ing. Visit www.ahlbergfu­neralchapel.com to share condolences.
Lowell was born in Hen­dricks on July 30, 1925 to Clara (Nelson) and Ole J. Hexum in a home behind the Methodist church. He was baptized August 16, 1925 at Lutheran Free Church and confirmed on June 2, 1940. He was raised with two brothers and two sisters—Arlen, Orris, Joyce and Clarice. Lowell gradu­ated from Hendricks High School on June 3, 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 28, 1943 and was hon­orably discharged on May 2, 1946. Lowell was an Electrician’s Mate, Third Class on the USS LST 712 and fought in World War II. He was proud of his ser­vice.
He married Joyce B. Hexum on June 4, 1946 and they were married for 65 years. He went to SDSU for two years. He returned to Hendricks and worked as a carpenter; he then man­aged Swift & Co.’s produce station in Hendricks. Low­ell held multiple positions throughout his career in Hendricks, Windom, and Heron Lake. He started working in Hendricks for the U.S. Postal Service in 1956 and retired in 1982 as Postmaster.
Lowell was a jack of all trades and a perfectionist, like his father. He raised his family of five children— Cheryl, Michael, Jeanne, Wanda and Wendy—on an 80-acre farm southwest of Hendricks, raising crops and animals, and lived with Joyce there for 42 years. He enjoyed farming and no one was ever a stranger at their home. Every cous­in, child and grandchild has fond memories of fun times at the farm. Once retired they spent win­ters in Pharr, Texas for 17 years. In 2000, after living in Hendricks for 75 years and being a great member of the community, Lowell and Joyce moved to Long­mont, Colorado.
A true part of the Great­est Generation, Lowell led by example. He was a hard worker, a perfectionist with a great sense of hu­mor, a contagious giggle, always helpful, proud and compassionate. He was a wonderful son, brother, friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He instilled in those around him a sense of purpose, commitment, loyalty, generosity and love.
Lowell is survived by his daughter Wendy Conder and a large extended fam­ily.