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Richard Stone “Buster” Lowery

Richard Stone “Buster” Lowery, 66, was called home by the Lord on Friday, July 1, 2011 due to complications from a fall relating to advance Alzheimer’s disease.
Buster was born Feb. 1, 1945 to Elmer J “Jack” and Bernardine Shaw Lowery in Bend.  He spent the very beginning of his life in a logging camp south of La Pine.  He attended schools in Sisters and graduated from Sisters High School in 1963.
He married Gloria Montgomery and they had two children Rusty Lowery and Heidi (Lowery) Albertson.  They were married for 29 years.
Buster served in the Army in the 1st Armored Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.  After his discharge he returned to Oregon and received his Associates Degree from Treasure Valley Community College.
Buster moved to Baker City in 1995 and began working on Bob Tallman’s ranch in the Keating Valley.  He married Trudy Large in 1996 at the historic Shaniko Hotel.
Agriculture was an integral part of Buster’s life and he had many ag related occupations.  Among them were changing irrigation as a teenager, ranch work in general for various operations, a loan officer for Production Credit Association in Klamath Falls, Yreka, Calif. and Lakeview, a lease operator of his own ranch in Lakeview, and a ranch real estate broker in Lakeview and Baker City.  He was also a long haul truck driver.  Of late, he was involved in the Step Forward Program where he made many friends among the staff and clients.
Buster was involved in many civic activities, among them were Lions Club and Elks Club. He was instrumental in organizing Oregon High School Rodeo and served as OHRA President.
Buster was an active member of the Haines United Methodist Church. He truly enjoyed being involved with people.  He was fascinated by young children and had a true gentleman’s appreciation of all of the ladies in his life. He also had a profound appreciation for anything in nature from the most majestic mountains to the tiniest butterfly.  Very often he would stop what he was doing to “watch the sun go down”.  His greatest joy, lately, was watching the kit fox antics in the pasture. Buster was truly a gentle soul and his quiet soft spirit will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Jack Lowery and his grandparents.
Buster is survived by his wife of 15 years Trudy; mother Bernardine Lowery of Redmond; son and daughter-in-law Rusty and Treva Lowery of Medford; daughter and son-in-law Heidi and Clint Albertson of Lakeview; step-son Jamie Large of Springfield; step-daughter Rebekah Petz of Bend; brother Victor Jack Lowery of Texas; sister Susie Tewalt of Sisters; grandchildren Grady Lowery, Britney Young, Reed Steele, McKenna and Cara Albertson, Haidin Lowery, Brady and Taylor Petz.
A Celebration of Buster’s Life was held Friday, July 15, 2011 at the Haines United Methodist Church in Haines. An additional Celebration will be held Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the home of Susie Tewalt, 16410 Hwy 126, Sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Haines United Methodist church through Coles Funeral home.

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