Obituary - Charles D. 'Chuck' Lowen


Last updated 8/4/2022 at 12:31pm

Charles Lowen

Charles D. "Chuck" Lowen, 74, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Chuck's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, in the Chuckwagon building at the Great Northern Fairgrounds.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.

Please visit Chuck's online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for his family at .

Chuck was born in Havre, MT, December 27, 1947, to Francis and Clara (Armstrong) Lowen and was raised in the local area. He graduated from Havre High School in 1966. He spent much of his childhood growing up on the farms north of Havre and helping with harvest, cows, mending fences, fixing corrals, brandings, and pitching in wherever he could.

Chuck was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served in the Army as a Sergeant (SGT). He entered the Army in November 1966 and was stationed at Fort Polk, LA, before arriving overseas where he served as an ammunition bearer in Company B, 1st Battalion of the division's 21st Cavalry. He participated in "Operations Pershing" during the Vietnam War. Due to his heroic display of personal bravery and devotion of duty, he was awarded many medals during his time of service, including the Combat Wounded Purple Heart and received honorable discharge. Chuck was a current member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Chuck worked many jobs over the years, but his livelihood was spent at Havre Public Schools for 25 years before retiring in December 2011.

Chuck was a kind and gentle man, with a heart of gold. He was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed many activities including hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cruising around in his cars, and riding motorcycles. He loved sharing his many stories with friends and family. Actually, there was almost always a story connected to anything Chuck did.

He loved tinkering in his garage and helping people with any project they were doing, even if they just asked for his advice, he would still be there in a heartbeat with tools, words of advice, or wisdom to help them fix a problem or finish a project. He never expected anything in return and was happy helping others.

He enjoyed old cars and not just any cars, specifically old muscle cars. He was an alley driver, always looking for the next thing to build. Chuck loved working on cars and fixing them up. There was always a project in the shop or shed.

Chuck loved doing home projects and carpentry was second nature to him. He also had a knack for building and landscaping. He helped many friends and family with home projects from remodeling, concrete work, roofing, decks, irrigation and so much more, no job was too big or small.

Watching a Seahawks or Mariners game was another favorite pastime. He also supported his family at sporting events.

Most of all, Chuck loved his family. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. There are many a picture where he was being his goofy self, with funny remarks and cracking jokes. He enjoyed playing corn hole, attending concerts, camping, and sitting around the fire with a cold beer or a good whiskey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James "Jim" Lowen.

Chuck is survived by the love of his life, Vickie Lowen of Havre; children, Lisa (Brian) Mesenko of Boise, Idaho, Brian Lowen of Fort Benton, Montana, Jason (Regan) Knight of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Richelle (Ryan) Jacobson of Brandon, Manitoba, David Knight (Shawna Reynolds) of Minot, North Dakota; daughter-in-law, Lisa Stringer of Fort Benton; 15 grandchildren, Zachary, Jade, Ronnie, Ashlyn, Ryley, Amaya, Kymberly, Mckenzie, Lane, Owen, Lane, Avery, Noah, Hudson, and Cal; sister-in-law, Susan Lowen of Havre; and numerous nephews, cousins, step-children Kendra (Peterson) Richardson and Todd Peterson, his close friend Kevin Woods, and many, many additional friends.

In lieu of flowers, Chuck's family requests memorial donations be made in his memory to the Montana Wounded Warriors and Fresno Chapter Walleyes Unlimited.


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