Lowell H. Norrish, 90, of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday March 1, 2018, at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Eau Claire.
Lowell was born on Jan. 9, 1928, at home, in rural Rock Falls. The eldest son of Harold and Cleo (Holbrook) Norrish, Lowell grew up in the Rock Falls area and graduated from Durand High School. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany before being Honorably Discharged. Lowell married Elaine Falkner on May 12, 1951, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima. After marriage, Lowell farmed and worked for American Materials. Lowell was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #139 and retired from American Materials after 41 years.
Lowell and Elaine loved traveling and square dancing. They enjoyed many destination bus trips and trips to see family in Montana and California. Lowell loved gardening in his large garden and walking on Hemlock Road. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Lowell is survived by Elaine, his wife of 66 years; five children, Charlene (LeRoy) Books of Whitefish, Mont., Randy (Judy) of Durand, Ron (Laurie) of Livermore, Calif., Karen (Tim) Troyer of Stanley, Roger of Rock Falls; 12 grandchildren, LeAnn (Bill), Brandon (friend, Michaela), Scott (Kim), Brad (Alea), Holly, Christina, Amanda, Shawn (fiancé Olivia), Ryan (friend, April), Jody (Pete), Tami, Jodi (Harley); nine great-grandchildren, Brayden, Aaren, Jackson, Kane, Lauren, Adria, Kendan, Jamie and Jake; brother, Dennis (Cherilyn) of Rock Falls; sisters, Darlene Bauer and Dorothy Prissel, both of Durand; sister-in-law, Jean Falkner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Jane Norrish; brothers-in-law, Ralph Bauer, Robert Prissel, Frank Falkner; sister-in-law, Anna Marie Crockett.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday March 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rock Falls. Rev. Joseph C. Nakwah will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home, Durand, and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.
Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.