Lowell L. Pierce

March 8, 1929 – April 5, 2011

Former Waukesha County 4-H agent Lowell L. Pierce, of Pinewood, Minn., passed away early Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Havenwood Nursing Home in Bemidji, Minn. He was 82.

Lowell was born March 8, 1929, to Lillian Cooper Pierce and Gailen Allen Pierce at their farm home in Albion Township, near Edgerton. He attended Lake Drive Grade School, Edgerton High School and spent two years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Lowell served four years in the Navy, most of this time stationed at the U.S. Naval Supply Center at Pearl Harbor. He was discharged the summer of 1954. He then completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in extension education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He was married to Doris Egtvet on Aug. 30, 1952, in the Zion Lutheran Church at Debs, Minn. Lowell has five children: sons Rodney (Diane) of Grand Rapids, Minn., Bryan (Gail) of Eagle River and Terry (Lynn) of Southport, N.C., and daughters Lonna (Kevin) Smith of Brandon, S.D., and Heidi (Donovan) Cate of Gold Bar, Wash. He has one brother, Gailen of Milton. Lowell also has 10 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
After receiving his master’s degree, he began his life work with 4-H youth development. He served as a 4-H agent first in Calumet County from 1958 to 1960, and then for 14 years in Waukesha County from 1960 to 1974. He also worked on the Kentucky state 4-H staff in Lexington, Ky., from 1974 to 1978, and as South Dakota state 4-H staff in Brookings from 1978 until he retired in 1987.

After retiring, Lowell and Doris built their retirement home on the back of the farm where Doris grew up on Balm Lake near Debs, Minn.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Janice Pierce.
Lowell was an active a member of First United Methodist Church in Waukesha, where his wife Doris also worked. Lowell was known for his sense of humor. His hobbies were photography, videography, travel and camping in most of the 50 states. He belonged to Lions Club in Waukesha for 14 years. He was also a lifetime member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Bemidji United Methodist Church, with visitation prior to the service. Burial will take place at a later date at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery near their Balm Lake home.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Upham Woods 4-H Camp in Wisconsin Dells.