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Lowell Edwin Menefee, age 95, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, on April 26, 2018. He was born in Fulton, Missouri, on August 27, 1922, the oldest of eight children born to Jerry Niel Menefee and Jesse Jewel (Carrington) Menefee. He spent his early years in the rural areas around Steedman, Mokane, Hamís Prairie, and Reform, Missouri, all rural communities outlying Fulton, Missouri.
He was united in marriage to Iva Pauline Menefee in 1946. To that union were born 3 sons. Iva passed away in 1959, and in 1961, he married Maxine (Riley) Rife, a widow with 2 sons and a daughter. At the time of her passing, they were just a month away from their 49th anniversary.
As a youth, Lowell farmed with his family, and later farmed on his own. Though life eventually led him away from the farm, it never took the farm out of him. He always loved and looked back with some longing to his farming days. He worked on the railroad and in factories, making shoes, bricks, and livestock feed until the late 1960s, when he went back to school and learned computer programming. He spent the remainder of his career as a computer programmer. After retiring, he spent several years driving a special needs bus for the Shawnee Mission, Kansas, school district. In 1998, he and Maxine moved from Overland Park, Kansas, to a 3 acre mini-farm south of El Dorado Springs in suburban Pacetown. They enjoyed several years of gardening, raising chickens, remodeling the house, and country life in general before moving into El Dorado Springs. He loved gardening, cooking, home improvement projects, and helping out his children with their projects. He was a member of the greatest generation. His life spanned plowing with mules and cutting lumber with a steam engine to programming computers.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jerry and Clayton; three sisters: Vera, Janiel, and Helen. He is survived by two brothers, Claude and Rita Menefee of Fulton, Missouri, and Chuck and Jean Menefee of Guam; and six children: Dwight and Brenda Menefee of Hermitage, Missouri, Dale and Debbie Menefee of Springfield, Missouri, David and Barbera Menefee of Huttig, Arkansas, Pam and Paul Dodsworth of Cedaredge, Colorado, Denny and Debra Menefee of Granby, Missouri, and Dan and Denise Menefee of Rapid City, South Dakota. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren, as well as a host of friends. He will be missed.
Lowell was a faithful and loving husband, a loving, kind, and dependable father, a loyal and consistent friend, a helpful neighbor, and most importantly, a faithful and consistent follower of Jesus Christ. Wherever he lived, he was a loyal and dependable member of a local church, often serving on the board or in other leadership positions. He lived out his faith in many different ways, and was the very essence of a Christian gentleman. While he will be sorely missed by family and friends, he has attained the life he lived for. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (1Thess4:13)