Lowell Sovereign, 83

Feb. 12, 1935 —
Aug. 24, 2018
Cresco - Lowell Sovereign, age 83, of Cresco, Iowa died Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, surrounded by family. 
Funeral services were held on Aug. 27, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Lowell was born Feb. 12, 1935 in Cresco to Gerald and Elsie (Frank) Sovereign. He graduated from Cresco High School in 1953. He met Gladys Waller, his soulmate, in eighth grade, and they were married on May 29, 1955, at United Methodist Church in Cresco. They were blessed with four children, Dave (Shirley) Sovereign, Gayle (Gary) Kelm, Gary (Vicki) Sovereign and Terri (Ed Agnello) Sovereign, seven grandkids and 17 great-grandkids. 
Lowell was a member of FFA and farmed all his life with his father, Gerald, along with his brothers, sons, nephews and grandson. He was proud to be an active member of the community, serving on many civic and community boards and organizations. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on many church boards and committees. He was a member of the CUSB Bank Board for 34 years. He took particular pride in spearheading the renovation of the Cresco Theatre & Opera House, cleaning out the Vernon Springs mill pond and overseeing construction of L & L Apartments and Thomson Pool and Fitness Center. 
Somehow in the middle of all those projects, he found time to design and build a grill for burgers, brats and pancakes that is currently serving many community events. He was an active member of Kiwanis, CIDC and a member of the Times Plain Dealer Hall of Fame. 
Lowell took up golf in his 40s and was an active member of the Cresco Country Club, playing regularly. Over his golf career he scored three holes-in-one. He was continuously leading projects to upgrade the course. 
Lowell and Gladys loved playing golf, watching the Vikings and Cyclones, spending time with the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and wintering in Arizona. He enjoyed spending time on his yard and flowers in Iowa and Arizona, and he built and maintained miles of trails through the woods of the home place. 
Lowell is survived by his wife, Gladys; his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his siblings, Jim (Sue) Sovereign, Merle (Marge) Sovereign and Pat (Don) Switzer; sisters-in-law, Marlene Sovereign, Beth Waller and Mary Lou Markham; and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Sovereign; sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Kent Markham; sisters  and brothers-in-law, Russell and Velma Waller, Dr. Roger Waller, D.V.M. and Gayle and Saint Freeburg; and nephew, Brian Sovereign. 
In lieu of memorials, please consider a donation to a local charity or project of your choice.

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