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Lowell Burton Warrner

September 19, 1942 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Lowell Warrner Obituary

Lowell Burton Warrner, 81, a longtime resident of Ottawa, passed away March 8, 2024, in Sebring, Florida, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.

A memorial service will be 11:00 AM May 11, 2024 at the Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica with Pastor Phil Jackson, pastor of United Methodist Church in Tonica, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Tonica. Visitation will be in the funeral home from 9:00 Am until time of services.

Lowell was born on September 19, 1942, to Grey and Marie Hiltabrand Warrner. Lowell was raised on the south side of Ottawa. He walked to Shabbona grade school and went on to graduate from Ottawa High School in 1960. He worked all his life. Starting as a boy, he mowed neighbors' lawns, delivered papers, and then started working in his dad's gas station learning everything he could about fixing cars. He was born to be a mechanic. He went on to work as a mechanic for the Oldsmobile and Chevy dealers in Ottawa. He had a long career as a heavy truck mechanic and later as a truck driver. He was a member of Teamsters Local Union #722.

After his retirement, he continued to do car and truck repairs at his shop south of town and was joined by his son Jeff, who continues this work. He had fun following Jeff's career in truck pulling contests and was always available for consultation. Lowell loved to fish all his life. He was eight years younger than his siblings, so he had some fine years with his dad, who took the time to take Lowell fishing in all of his favorite spots. This led him to be an early member of the Shoreline Boat Club including a sojourn as grounds chairman and head of the Chicken Fry committee. Between the Boat Club and his work and school life, he had many friends. He was a storyteller, who loved nothing better than meeting the guys at Dale Madden's salvage yard for coffee and to talk out mechanical problems and tell tales on each other and themselves. That interest made him a longtime fan of car racing. He and Sandy attended numerous races including a behind the scenes pass one year to the Daytona 500.

When his brother Grey bought a home in Sebring, Florida, in 2005, Lowell and Sandy began visiting Florida frequently. In 2016, their property in Ottawa was sold and they moved to Sebring. Lowell was kept busy as the property manager of Grey's two houses and his own. He moved, trimmed, built a new front porch from the ground up, jacked up the leaning house to replace an unsupported pillar, painted (with Sandy's fine help) the whole inside, laid linoleum and rebuilt a bathroom. That doesn't count his work at his own house and the little guest house next door to Grey's. And the two brothers had some very special times together as life became more precious every time they met.

Lowell is survived by his wife Sandy, sons Jeff (wife Terry) and Brad; stepdaughters Loni Moore and Kris Dobson; his brother Grey (wife Susan); along with nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son Rick, his sister Virginia Wiseman and his parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visitation
Saturday
May 11, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica
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Memorial Service
Saturday
May 11, 2024

11:00 AM
Hurst Funeral Home in Tonica
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