Jerald "Butch" Elmore Lowery
Jerald “Butch” Elmore Lowery, 54, of Rifle, passed away on Aug. 16 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after a sudden illness. Butch was born to Marion W. Lowery and Naomi (Brummitt) Lowery on Sept. 30, 1951, in Montrose. He was raised in Rifle and was a 1970 graduate of Rifle High School. After graduation he served in the Army from 1971-1974, and participated in the Vietnam conflict. He worked for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Avaya Corporation, living in Georgia for 20 years and the Denver metro area until he retired in 2001, where he returned to Rifle. He was of the Methodist faith and loved his church in Georgia, and was in the Men’s Club. In Rifle he was at the First Christian Church. Jerald belonged to the American Legion in Rifle, and also to the Mule Deer Association, loved to coach softball and baseball, loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman and was also considered a great horseman and loved working on the ranch. Jerald most of all loved his family, was a super dad, husband, grandfather and a confidant, was very special to all his family and friends, and had the greatest love for his country and respect for his fellow servicemen and women. Anybody who knew Jerald knew he was a great prankster and always made others laugh.Survivors include his wife Barbara Lowery of Rifle; children Rebecca Riggins and husband Kenneth from Georgia, Eric Lowery and wife Charlene of Virginia, Marc Sigmon of Illinois, Caryn Sigmon of Denver, and Darian Sigmon of Denver; brothers Howard Lowery and wife Carol of Alaska, Kenneth Lowery and wife Elaine of Rifle, and Charles Lowery and wife Sue of Nevada; six grandchildren, and numerous nephews, cousins and family members and lots of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the First Christian Church. Pastor Dene Johnson of the First Christian Church will officiate.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Butch Lowery Memorial Disabled Veterans Hunt, Bank of Colorado. For further information call 625-1266 and ask for Janelle.The Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the memorial service and the cremation.
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