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Leonard Lowe

d. May 3, 2017

VISITATION:

4-7 p.m., Monday, May 8 and from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, May 9 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel

SERVICE:

11 a.m., Tuesday, May 9 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lenny's honor may go to the Chippewa Falls Professional Police Association future Canine Unit. Donations may be made sent directly to the CFPPA, c/o CFPD, 210 Island St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, designated for the canine unit in memory of Lenny.

Capt. Leonard L. "Lenny" Lowe, CFPD Ret.

Age74, of Chippewa Falls, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 while he and his son, Michael were replacing a hot water heater in his new motor home on the river.

He was born April 1, 1943 the son of Dorothy (Roycraft) Lowe. He grew up in Chippewa Falls and graduated from Chi-Hi, class of 1961. Following high school, Lenny worked at Applied Research in Chippewa Falls and also joined the National Guard, serving for ten years. He joined the Chippewa Falls Police Department in 1966.

On September 18, 1965, he married Lana Rademaker-Woolever in Freeport, IL. Lenny worked as a Juvenile Officer and Detective before he was promoted to Captain. He went to the FBI training Academy in Quantico, VA in 1982 and learned various skills which he brought back to the department. He retired in 1996 after 30 years of service. He continued to work in law enforcement after retirement as a transport officer at the Chippewa County Sherriff's Department and then as a security guard for Homeland security.. In 2007,he and Lana moved to Merrill, WI where they bought a Victorian home which they renovated. They moved back to Chippewa Falls in April of this year. They both agreed they wanted to come home to enjoy their later years with family and friends.

From a youngster, Lenny was a risk taker and a daredevil. He was a man of many interests, and as long as an activity involved danger and speed, he was up for it! He enjoyed motors of all kinds and was usually working on one or helping someone else with an engine project. Over the years, he enjoyed drag racing and traveled cross-country with his wife and dogs. He participated in the first water skipping contest (racing snowmobiles across water) in Siren, WI in 1977. He also built and flew several airplanes, and enjoyed parasailing, dirt biking, and riding motorcycles. He and Lana enjoyed several trips to Sturgis, SD for the bike rally and loved the camaraderie of fellow riders. Riding motorcycles was a family affairAs riders themselves, Lenny and Lana bought their boys dirt bikes when they were young, and bought their granddaughters their first dirt bikes. Lenny's latest interest was RVing. He recently bought a "diesel pusher" and was planning to spend summers in Wisconsin and winters down south. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved being in the woods.

He is survived by his wife, Lana; son, Michael, both of Chippewa Falls; daughter-in-law, Cindy Lowe of Wisconsin Rapids; mother, Dorothy Henneman; mother-in-law, Pat Vincent, both of Chippewa Falls; brothers-in-law, Ray Benedict of Butte des Mortes, and John (Karen) Woolever of El Cajon, CA; two granddaughters, Brooke and Hailey Lowe of Wisconsin Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Steven, his sister, Linda Benedict, his grandmother Eunice Roycraft, his niece Carol Kurtz; and lifelong friend, Forrest (Frosty) Froberg.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 9 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls with the Rev. Ho Lee, pastor at Christ United Methodist Church, Merrill, officiating. Military honors conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council will take place following the service at the funeral chapel.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, May 8 with a Law Enforcement walk-through at 4 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lenny's honor may go to the Chippewa Falls Professional Police Association future Canine Unit. Donations may be made sent directly to the CFPPA, c/o CFPD, 210 Island St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, designated for the canine unit in memory of Lenny.

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