Lowery was born to Anna Mae Lowery Smith and Rennie John Smith on June 28, 1929 on his mother’s parent farm near Rosebush, Michigan. Both of his parents were teachers who valued lifelong learning. On December 1, 1937 the family moved from Michigan, where all their extended family and friends lived, to work in education on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Southwestern South Dakota. The move was made during the depth of the great depression. Lowery attended grade school in a one room public school from grade 3 through 8.
During World War II Lowery’s father joined the Navy as a recruiter and was stationed in Rapid City, SD. Lowery graduated from Rapid City High School where he was active in football and track. He graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City in 1951 with a BS degree in Geological Engineering.
In 1950 Lowery Married Jane Louise Beck and they had five children: Lowery (Corky) Beck Smith, Sherry Mae Smith, Kim Louise Battisti, Rennie Neil Smith and Earl (Doc) Miller Smith. After 15 years the marriage ended and Lowery became a single parent to his three sons until he married Mary Ann Maines on August 23, 1969 at her parent’s farm south of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Lowery and Mary Ann have 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Lowery’s careers include employment with Exxon as a field geologist, Hercules Power Company as a technical sales representative, the J. L. Shiely Company in various sales and marketing positions, Minnesota FracSand Company as president. Lowery retired from the J. L. Shiely Company in 1989 and started his own company, Ag-Lime Sales, Inc. He closed the company in 2016 and officially retired at 87. During his employment years Lowery held many leadership roles in local and national industry associations.
Lowery’s passions include travel, spiritual enrichment, lifelong learning and planning family gatherings and trips (such as rafting the Grand Canyon, travelling in Switzerland, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, and staying in a castle in Northern Ireland). He considers the blessings of sharing time with family and friends to be high-points in his life.
Without question Lowery’s 50+ years marriage with Mary Ann has brought him his greatest joy and companionship. Together they have traveled to six of the seven continents and made 14 trips to Chile for short term mission work.