Alfred Lowe, 73, of Caldwell, Kansas passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012. Alfred was born November 18, 1939, in Caldwell, Kansas, to Howard and Grace (Cadwalader) Lowe. Alfred was the second of six children. He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1957. He excelled in football as a full back, earning all-state football honors and several football scholarship offers. After high school, he attended Central College in McPherson, Kansas and Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois before transferring and graduating from Southwestern College of Winfield, Kansas. In 1960, he married Charlene Grimm and to this union Ann Elaine was born. Later, he married Margaret Knisely Wencel and to this union Todd William was born.
Alfred taught in several schools in Kansas and Oklahoma before settling in Wellington, Kansas to become a Government teacher at Wellington High School. Alfred went on to further his education and received his Masters from Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma. He then became Vice Principal at Wellington High School until retirement in 1995. As a teacher and administrator, he had the opportunity to touch many lives, some with a paddle, some with kind and encouraging words.
Alfred had a passion and love for flying. He was hard of hearing and yet could hear a plane flying 10 miles away. The first plane he owned was a single engine Mooney and he subsequently traded it for a twin engine Piper Comanche. He flew famous people and anyone else who was willing or courageous enough. You never knew if he would turn the flight into a roller coaster ride or if he would take an opportunity to “buzz” unsuspecting friends below.
He was ornery and a practical joker. He was known for prank phone calls, such as the time he called Dorothy Dvorak pretending to be from the Wichita Eagle and carrying out a full interview with Dorothy as a potential school board candidate. Alfred provided many opportunities to laugh at him as well; like the time he rushed home from school, still in his suit, hooked the rotary hoe to his new pickup and proceeded to the field to strip ground.
Alfred treasured farm life. He had a love for traveling, especially to Colorado and seeing new places. He was an avid reader and would often finish a 300+ page book in one evening. Alfred enjoyed watching OU football games and going to his grandkids sporting events.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Caldwell; daughters Ann Morgan and husband Robert of Goddard, Kansas, Tyann Orton and husband Kelly of Wellington, Kansas; son Robbie Wencel and wife Jan of Caldwell, Kansas; brothers David Lowe and wife Diana of Caldwell, Kansas; Richard Lowe and wife Joyce of Caldwell, Kansas; Paul Lowe and wife Michelle of Florence, South Carolina; sisters Margaret Freemyer and husband Paul of Helotes, Texas; Mary Cauble and husband Glenn of Granbury, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son Todd Lowe.
Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Central Christain Church in Caldwell. Rev. Dan Price officiated. LaRae Foster served as organist. Special music “Amazing Grace” was provided by flutist Mary Cauble. Congregational hymns were, “Softly and Tenderly” and “He Lives”.
Honorary casket bearers were Merlyn Elder, Lynn Reed, Chuck Wallace, Bill Ervin, Glea Means, Mike Kinnan, Rod White, Gordon Grimm, Tim Isaacs and Darren McDorman. Casket bearers were Robert Morgan, Robbie Wencel, Kelly Orton, Sam Wencel, Blake Morgan, Andrew Lowe, Joel Wilke and Cody White and Blake Rice.
Interment was in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.