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James Blair Lowther

Jim Lowther, of Rifle, and longtime resident of Broomfield, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 5, at his home in Rifle after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 65.

Jim was born Feb. 24, 1940, in Morgantown, W.Va., to James and Opal (Keeney) Lowther. At an early age, his family moved to Carlisle, Iowa, where he spent his childhood. Following high school, Jim attended and played football at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Later, he graduated from Northwest Missouri State.

Jim met his wife, Nondis Milosevich, while earning a master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. They were married on Oct. 17, 1969, in Arvada.

Jim taught for five years in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and for 25 years at Burbank Junior High School in Boulder. He was loved as a teacher and coach, and was honored as a Colorado Teacher of the Year nominee and the 1989 Outstanding History Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Jim and Nondis retired to Rifle in 1995.

Jim enjoyed gardening, skiing, and, at times, golfing. He liked to fish, read and travel. He also enjoyed doing stained glass and woodworking.

Jim was a beloved husband, father, and grandpa who will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Nondis, of Rifle; twin sons Chris (Pamela) Lowther, of Rifle, and Jeff (Theresa) Lowther, of La Salle; sisters Laura (Rodger) Rothfus, of Iowa, and Judy (Jim) Geis, of Oregon; brother John, of Iowa; two grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Rifle United Methodist/Presbyterian Church in Rifle. Interment will follow the service at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.

Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

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