EAGLE, ID - Michael Joseph Lowney, 68, of Eagle passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at his home.
Michael was born on November 6, 1944 in Butte, MT to Edith and Maurice Lowney. He served his country in the Air Force for twenty-two years, in Vietnam, at Langley AFB, Dover AFB, a multitude of others, and ending his service years at K I Sawyer AFB. He won many medals and commendations during those years. Post his service in the military he worked for Satellite Services as the Vice President of Operations, managing government contracts all over the country. When he retired from Satellite Services there were thank you celebrations at many of his sites, each one special to him.
He was a "Butte Guy", who loved Montana and its hunting and fishing, he loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles, made in America, he loved his friends who shared those things with him, he loved his classmates from Boy's Central, the class of '62, he loved his Catholic faith but mostly and forever he loved his family and friends.
He was so proud of his son, Michael "Jr", to which he had a relationship that was unparalleled between a father and his son; his daughters, Kristi and Tammy; his grandchildren: Michael Joseph, Austin, Sophie and Sydney. When he and Teresa married, he gained a new family to love: Nels, Emily, Gretchen and her daughters Kaiya and Gabrielle. Mick loved riding with Turtle in the mountains of Montana, fishing with Rick and Marty and a cast of other buddies every May 15th for the opener of walleye season at Little Bay De Noc in the U.P. of Michigan. He loved hunting with his son, Michael in Colorado and spending time with him at L & L Resorts outside of Marquette, Michigan, a hunting property that they owned together. He loved cars, especially the ones he restored, the '68 Vette, the '55 GMC pickup, and the Mercedes convertible. Mick was a member of the VFW and the Elks.
Survived by his wife, Teresa Knox Lowney; his son, Michael and his wife Jenny, their sons Michael Joseph and Austin; daughter Kristi Dahlstrom and her husband, Terry, their daughter Sydney, and his daughter, Tammy Marier and her husband, Dave and their daughter Sophia. Teresa's children Nels Hove, Emily Hove and Gretchen Gayle and her daughters, Kaiya and Gabrielle who called him "Papa Mick". His sister, Carol and her husband, Frank Wood, their daughter, Sarah and her son, Bryce; their son, Michael and his wife, Kimba. Cousins on his mother's side were Terry Small of Pocatello and Connie Lynne Chapman of Yuma, AZ; brothers-in-law, Emmett Hannifin and his wife, Pat and their children, Tim and Bridgette; Tim Hannifin and children: Sean, Ben and Talitha and another true Butte boy, Stan Dugdale and sons, Tad and Nathaniel "Sanjo" with whom he loved to share battle stories and his vast knowledge of guns.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith and Maurice Lowney, Coyle Long, many aunts, uncles and his sister-in-law, Christine Hannifin Dugdale who loved his sparkling blue eyes and knew he would be a wonderful addition to the clan.
A viewing and Vigil services will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 14th and Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 15th. Both services will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Rd in Meridian. Military honors will be presented at the church following Mass. Committal services will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery in Butte, MT. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Michael's name to the Butte Emergency Food Bank 1019 E. 2nd St. Butte, MT 59701 or Our Lady of the Rockies 3100 Harrison Ave. Butte, MT 59701