Andrew "Andy" Lowe

  • Born: February 17, 1946
  • Died: February 1, 2016
  • Location: Unionville, Missouri

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Andrew (Andy) Franklin Lowe, of Unionville, Missouri, passed away February 1st, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri, just 16 days away from his 70th birthday.

Andy was born in Centerville, Iowa, February 17th, 1946 to Floyd and Wanda Lowe. He attended Putnam County Schools until graduating in 1964. After graduation, he moved to Kansas City, Mo and attended Diesel Mechanic School. In 1965, Andy was drafted into the US Army and served until 1967 as a helicopter machine gunner and mechanic. While serving in Vietnam, he received a National Defense Service Medal and a Bronze Star.

Andy married Deborah Torrey on August 16th, 1970 in Unionville, MO. To this union, 3 children were born. Christy (Bobbie) Brooks, Nathan (Ashley) Lowe, both of Unionville and Rhonda (Jeff) Peek of Pollock.

Andy worked in maintenance at Union Carbide and then started driving over the road, owning his own semi. He retired in 2015 from driving a feed truck for Premium Standard Farms Feed Mill in Lucerne Mo.

Andy enjoyed racing in his younger days, working on cars, farming, drinking coffee at the sale barn, and cruising with his wife in their Camaro. Family was the most important thing to Andy. His greatest joy was spending time with his kids and grandkids. Most summers were spent on the farm with grandsons tagging along behind him, plus his best buddy, Roscoe (his dog). He loved teaching the kids how to drive the tractors, work in the hayfield, and take care of the cattle. In the past few years, Andy and Debbie began camping, taking a yearly trip to the Iowa State Fair along with grandkids, going to Hannibal, and, just last summer, South Dakota.

Andy was a wonderful husband, father, and grandpa. His orneriness, humor, and stubbornness lives on in kids and grandkids.

Andy is survived by his wife and children, and grandkids, Garrett and Dylan Brooks, Emma Lowe, Darrin Lowe, Jenna Peek, and Gunner Peek. His sister Sharon Steele and husband Gerald. Sister-in-laws Shari Peters and husband Dave of Humboldt, Iowa and Cheryl Hyland of Nebraska. Also surviving is his Aunt Grace Scott of Centerville along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents along with his uncle-Aaron Scott, nephew-John Steele, brother in law- Rick Torrey, father in law- Bill Torrey, and mother in law- Kathleen Smith. Also preceding him was his uncles, James Lowe and wife Rosina, Doc Lowe and wife Ruth, Harold Lowe and wife Lorraine, and Claude Lowe and wife Velma.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 5, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville at 2PM with Pastor Kay Singley Officiating. A Visitation will take place Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with the family present from 6-8PM. A memorial has been established to the Putnam County High School Football Program and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Never could ask for better, never for worse. I'm always thinking about him. I hope heaven and everyone up there with him is treating him well. Never saw anyone mad at him he was the best family and friend. I miss him. Rest in peace grandpa miss you so much.

Posted by Emma Lowe - Lancaster, MO - Grandchild   December 20, 2019

Hi grandpa from above I wish u we're still here and thanks for. Holding the funeral Iowa I love u and this is from his granddaughter Emma lowe

Posted by Emma Lowe - Uionville, MO - grandchild   August 09, 2017

Debbie and family, I was saddened to see the passing of Andy when I received the Unionville Republican. We had a good time our senior year. I always liked that he was ornery and funny. I always looked forward to catching up at our class reunions. We followed similar paths - school,military,marriage and family. RIP Andy - I already miss you - God bless Debbie and family. Larry.

Posted by Larry Childers - Nampa, ID - Classmate   February 20, 2016

Deborah Jean and family,
I just today, Friday the 5th, learned about Andy's passing. My cousin, Maribeth Torrey DeHaven sent me an e-mail. I would have come up for the funeral had I known sooner. I remember visiting with you and Andy and he
impressed me as being a fine man. I pray that you will be comforted by the many friends you two had, and that your daughters will be there for you in
this time of grief.
A friend of mine, Tom Loghry, was also a 1964 graduate of UHS, and we
lost him to cancer just over a month ago. I have been fighting cancer myself and have been looking into natural healing methods. Tom's wife, Elaine, is active in our church and is holding up well with her loss. I will make an effort to stop by the next time I am back in Unionville.
One of my favorite memories from when you were young was when I was working in Des Moines and bought all my neices and nephews cowboy boots for Christmas. With Mom and Forrest's house having wooden floors
it was a noisy clomp-clomp-clomp as you kids walked about in your new cowboy boots.
Until I see you again, be strong. Andy would have wanted that.

Your seldom-seen uncle,

Neal "Roger" Torrey

Posted by NEAL R. TORREY - Bolivar, MO - Family   February 05, 2016

Andy and I were classmates at high school. Rest in peace, Andy.

Posted by Jeanne Wortz Godsey - Tulsa, OK - Classmate   February 04, 2016

I remember Andy from high school and the classes we had together. I'm sure he will be missed by his family and by the Class of 64.

Posted by Pat Tipton    February 04, 2016


Deb and Family: SORRY to hear about Andy:wish i could be there mat god wrap you in arms and keep you from hurting and give you peace knowing he is with his heavenly father,Call me anytime you need me I love you PATTY ANN

Posted by Patricia Ann - Jacksonville, IL - Family   February 03, 2016

Debbie and family - I was shocked and so saddened to hear of Andy's passing. My heart is heavy for your sorrow. May God bless and comfort you in the days, weeks, and months to come. Hugs and prayers.

Posted by Mary Ann (Maulsby) Bell - Nevada, MO - Friend   February 03, 2016

Just wanted you to know we are thinking of all the family in this difficult time! Wanda & I went through nurses training together "years ago" and Floyd and my dad (Gilbert Cullor) worked together at the slaughter house in Unionville in the mid to late 60"s?? They came to Long Lane, MO to visit my parents on a yearly basis for quite some time. Keeping you in our prayers. Judith

Posted by Judith (Cullor) Weaver - Nevada, MO - Friend   February 03, 2016


Debbie and family Garry and I are so sorry for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers are with you .

Posted by linda k. zentz - centerville, IA - Friend   February 03, 2016