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Obituary - James L. 'Jim' Lowen


Last updated 5/24/2022 at 12:16pm

James L. 'Jim' Lowen

James L. "Jim" Lowen, 66, passed away surrounded by his family at Benefis Healthcare on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Jim's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Fifth Avenue Christian Church with Pastor Rick Hodshire officiating.

Jim's family has suggested memorial donations be made in his memory to the Havre Trails, Friends of Beaver Creek Park, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements. Please visit Jim's online memorial page to send a card to leave a message of condolence for his family at http://www.hollandbonine.com .

Jim was born February 24, 1956, in Havre to Francis and Clara (Armstrong) Lowen and was raised in Havre, MT.

During his childhood, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and spent much of his free time at the Pleskac farm north of Havre. During his years at Havre High School, Jim participated in band and choir, and worked at Taco John's.

After graduation, he worked at the Farmers Grain Exchange for a few years and then began working for Burlington Northern in 1978. He remained at the railroad until his retirement in 2016.

Following retirement, he worked part-time at Walmart for the next five years.

In 1971, Jim met Susan Aevermann, and the couple married in 1976. They had three sons and several dogs whom they raised in Havre.

Jim was a humble, laid-back man with a witty sense of humor. He was always up for taking goofy pictures or even hanging moose print pajama pants from the backyard flag pole.

Jim enjoyed all outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, bike riding, hiking, golfing, and snowmobiling. Jim's love for bike riding eventually turned into an obsession gathering as many bikes and parts as he could find.

He loved to travel with his family, whether it be for running events, exploring ghost towns or just seeing new sights and enjoying new experiences.

Jim spent his life volunteering with numerous organizations including The Boy Scouts of America, Havre Lions Club, church groups and Local Laborers Union.

Family was very important to Jim, and he adored his children and grandchildren, supporting them in their many sporting and musical endeavors. He loved mentoring not only his children and grandchildren, but anyone who had the time to listen. He was a truly positive influence on all whose lives he touched, and his positive outlook in life was evident in one of his favorite sayings ... "there's good in everything."

As a member of Fifth Avenue Christian Church, his faith was very important to him, and his giving spirit was seen in everything he did. Because of Jim's faith he was at peace with going home to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is survived by his wife, Susan Lowen of Havre; children, Nick (Crystal) Lowen of Havre, Chris Lowen of Great Falls, Ben (Kaylee) Lowen of Bend, OR, and Lilly Jo Lowen of Havre; daughter-in-law, Courtney Lowen; eight grandchildren, Preston, Kylie, and Taylor Lowen, Brooklyn Russell, and Kaeva, Keanna, Elijah, and Parker Lowen; brother, Chuck (Vickie) Lowen of Havre; brother-in-law, Tom (Cheryl) Aevermann; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends.


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