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Lowell Hickman

Melvin Lowell Hickman, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, after a short illness.

Lowell was born Aug. 24, 1929, to Charles W. and Edith Liese Hickman in Lafayette County, Mo. He graduated from Corder, Mo., High School in 1949. He and Janet Hudson were married Aug. 25, 1957, in the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Their son, Mark, was born Feb. 21, 1967, in Mount Ayr.

Lowell served in Korea with the Army from 1951 to 1953, and moved to Mount Ayr after his discharge. Lowell farmed with his father, then in 1960, began farming in Jefferson Township north of Mount Ayr. He retired from farming in 1986, when the family moved to Mount Ayr.

Lowell served with the Ringgold County Sheriff's Department from 1975 to 2001, first as a reserve officer, later as a deputy, and again as a reserve officer. He was a member of the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 172, the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association Board.

Although Lowell's first love was his family, he had a real passion for farming, his livestock, and had a particular interest in tractors - especially the red ones. He enjoyed outdoor work, and took pride in keeping his lawn and shrubbery attractive and well-groomed.

Survivors include his wife, Janet, and son, Mark, both of Mount Ayr; two brothers, Rodney Hickman and wife Charlene, of Manning, and Dwight Hickman and wife Marcia of Mount Ayr; a sister, Marjorie Millard, Alexandria, Va.; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his stepmother, Irene Hickman; his parents-in-law, Walter and Alice Hudson; and his brother-in-law, Loyd Hudson.

Memorials are for Ringgold County Sheriffs Reserve or Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.

  • Open Viewing

    September 11, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    September 11, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    September 12, 2015
    11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday September 12 2015

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Lowell was also known as "Doby" in the neighborhood. He and my dad would work together especially during harvest time. He had a servant''s heart; he was always ready to help someone. During the winter of 1961-1962, Doby, dad and I spent most of the days feeding cattle. Dad drove the 1950 A John Deere with a heat-houser ; Doby & I rode on the back riding on the drawbar. The tractor would bust the snowdrifts going north of our place and driving to Ben Mars old place. We fed the cattle small round bales and cut ice in the pond for water. Then we drove back and help feed Doby''s cattle. I have a lot of memories working with Doby. If I recall, My uncle Paul called him Doby because he looked like Doby Gillis on TV.

Posted by Don & Barb Dukes - Bronson, IA - Neighbors & Freinds   September 11, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family -- so sorry to hear about Lowell''s death. Charles & Evelyn (Biesemeyer) Marcks , Columbia, MO
[a Liese cousin]

Posted by Charles & Evelyn Marcks    September 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Janet and Mark and family, we are so sorry to hear about Lowell''s passing. May your memories sustain you at this time. Thinking of you.

Doug and Sherri

Posted by Sherri and Doug Hymbaugh - Kihei, HI - friends   September 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry, to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers during this time. So sorry we will not be able to attend the service. Just, know that we will be in prayer for you and your family on the day of the service.
Allan & Mary Biesemeyer

Posted by Allan & Mary Biesemeyer - Higginsville, MO - Cousin   September 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers to Janet and Mark..... Lowell was a great man and friend to me and my family .May God comfort the family during this time of sorrow and for evermore.

Posted by Marla (Woollums) Cook - Urbandale, IA - friend   September 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. We are keeping your family in our prayers in the days to come.

Posted by Jim & Selina O''Connor - Blockton, IA - friend   September 09, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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