Lowell Lahann


Lowell Kenneth Lahann, 93, died May 27, 2011, in his home at Grand Haven Retirement Community. 

Mr. Lahann was born in Calamus, Iowa on April 27, 1918 to Arnold and Amanda (Mueller) Lahann.  A visitation for friends and relatives will be held Monday, May 30, 2011 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Davenport from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the 11:00 a.m. funeral service.  Burial will be Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.  If you would like to attend the burial, please join the family at 12:30 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home for the processional to the cemetery.

Mr. Lahann’s long and active life included many varied experiences.  Following graduation from Calamus High School, he was a New Deal participant in 1935 in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Minnesota.  Later, as a manufacturing engineer, he was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal during WW II.  He continued this work at Clinton Engines Corporation in Muskegon, Michigan and Maquoketa, Iowa and later at Kartridg Pak in Davenport.  He was proud to be involved in writing some of the very earliest machine-read computer programs.  He was a member of the Society of Retired Manufacturing Engineers.

He married Ruth Elaine LaFayette on February 18, 1939 in Welton, Iowa.  His wife preceded him in death in 2002.  His daughter Kathryn preceded him in death in 1994 as well as his brother, Lawrence.  He is survived by Barry (Linda) Lahann of Long Grove, Richard (Paula) Lahann of Nashville, IN, Marabeth (Norm) Freund of Dubuque and son-in-law Joseph (Jan) Connell of Stewartville, MN and a sister, Bernice Putnam, Indian Lake Estates, FL.  He has eleven grandchildren.  Mr. Lahann has been “Grandpa-the-Great” to 20 great-grandchildren.


Lowell was a high school musician and athlete who continued to participate in bowling, golf and his church choir well into his 80’s.  He enjoyed boundary water canoeing, bridge and many family camping trips.  He and his wife Ruth enjoyed many Elder Hostel trips and volunteered thousands of hours with the Genesis Hospital Auxiliary – West Campus.  More recently he loved solving Sudoku puzzles, was a prolific reader and has the fruits of his needlepoint craft gracing the walls of many family homes.

Donations commemorating the life of Mr. Lowell Lahann should be made to Genesis Hospice or Our Lady of Victory Church.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Lahann’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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