Lowell Minert, 76
Lowell Minert, lifelong Angus breeder, cattleman, husband, father and grandfather, left this world on September 29, 2016. He was born on April 13, 1940 to Berniece (Walker) and Emery Minert, and married Carrol Roseberry on June 24, 1962. Together, they raised three children and were blessed with seven grandchildren. Lowell graduated from Curtis High School in 1958 and from the University of Nebraska in 1962 with majors in Range and Ranch Management and Agronomy. While attending UNL he was president of the Block and Bridle Club, Rodeo Club and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. In 1962 Lowell received a commission in the United States Navy and served one term of active duty, advancing to the rank of Lieutenant. Lowell and Carrol moved back to Dunning in 1964 and continued the cattle business that he started with 4-H projects. He owned and operated the Minert/Simonson Angus Ranch. When looking for a role model in community service, both locally and across the state, you can look to Lowell. His leadership was a great asset to the school board, 4-H clubs, Sandhills Community Church (both as Deacon and Trustee), American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge. Lowell took an active leadership role in the beef industry, serving on the board of directors and as chairman of the Purebred Council of the Nebraska Cattlemen. He served two terms as President of the Nebraska Angus Association and two terms on the American Angus Association Board where he also served as president of the Certified Angus Beef Board. His most recent service was on the executive board of the Nebraska State Fair as treasurer and was instrumental in renovating the Thompson Food Outdoor Arena. Favorite pastimes were visiting with people and supporting young people in their endeavors, as well as sharing his passion for his cattle with people across the country and the world. In 2009, Lowell and Carrol represented the Nebraska Beef Council as ambassadors at the New York State Fair. He also hosted various judging teams, and the ranch has hosted Angus and cattleman tours and groups from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, England, Spain, Japan and China. Lowell’s passion, integrity, honesty and genuine love of the Angus breed resulted in a valuable reputation in both the cattle industry and as an individual. His passion towards his commitments earned him many awards and recognitions, but he was especially passionate about his family and extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved attending all their activities, whether they were showing cattle, playing sports, rodeo, or music and theater. Lowell lived his life faithful to God and his family. He is survived by his wife, Carrol of Dunning, NE; son, Tim (Kim) and children Andrea, Alexa, and Alexander of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Cindy (JW) Simonson and children Shaina and Jaylee of Dunning, NE; son, Wes (Kelly) and children Hailey and Landon of Fort Collins, CO; and a multitude of friends and extended family. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sandhills High School Gymnasium in Dunning, NE with Pastor Mark Sievering officiating. Burial was held at the Hawley Flats Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Community Church, Blaine County EMT’s or the Blaine County Community Foundation. Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.