Condolence & Memory Journal


Sorry to hear that Lowdon passed away, he was such an interesting and entertaining gentleman. My husband Tom introduced us to Lowdon-when we asked to go fishing with our children. I would see Lowdon off and on in the community and always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed by many I am sure. May the happy memories help you through this difficult time, and I hope the love of family and friends will help you now and later on as you need it. God Bless all of you. CM

Posted by Cheril Meiners - Winner, SD - Friend   June 04, 2016

We looked forward to and enjoyed coming out every year for pheasant hunting. It was always good to see family, (Habeger), old and new friends through the years. Lowdon was always very generous with letting us hunt and stay at the school. I have many great memories that I will cherish. Thanks Lowdon you will be greatly missed. Rick and Ryan Jaeger, Minnesota
Mike and Carol Rollings, Nebraska
Ed Habeger, Alaska

Posted by Rick Jaeger - Faribault, MN - Friend   June 02, 2016

Lowdon was a good man and a great friend and will be missed . God bless.

Posted by Ronnie Pile - Brandenburg, KY - Friend   June 01, 2016


On behalf of the Black Hills Branch of the Mayes Family, I want to express our sincerest condolences in the passing of our long time family friend Lowden. He was a great man, full of knowledge, anxious to share and never at a loss for conversation. Having both flown in combat (in different wars) we shared articles and stories about our experiences and had that special bond of those who have gone to war. In more recent times he hosted us to hunt pheasants on his land and we always enjoyed visiting with him. Terry, Greg and I will mourn his passing. Larry, Terry and Greg Mayes

Posted by Larry Mayes - Rapid City, SD - Friend   June 01, 2016

I was invited in 2012 to drive out to South Dakota by my son-in law's Grandpa to shoot prairie dogs. We had been told by a mutual friend to contact Mr. Lowdon Heller and he would let us hunt on his ranch. We were traveling with my young adult son and my son-in-law. We spent a couple of days shooting and visiting with Mr. Heller. We were all captivated by this interesting 87 (four score and seven) year old gentleman with his unusual hats who rode herd on his cattle and horses with his four wheeler and his many old cars. He asked the boys if they were going to do any pheasant hunting. When they said that they had only brought rifles, he dug up an old shotgun and took them out to hunt pheasant. They had a blast. He invited us out to Ideal to see the old school house that was being fixed up. Mr Heller was a real example of western ranch hospitality. I've visited a couple more times since then with some of my hunting buddies. We had to endure some mild teasing from Mr. Heller when we got our truck stuck in his field and he came out with his tractor to pull us out. He loaned us a book that was written about the area and we had some great visits with him as he shared stories of local history. I am thankful to Mr. Heller for so graciously sharing his beautiful ranch and his great love of people and the history of the Tripp county area. My sympathies to the Heller family. We will cherish our memories of our visits with Mr. Lowdon Heller.

Posted by Russ Curtis - 8033 Walnut Lane, MI - Friend   June 01, 2016

I have known Lowdon my whole life. I lived within a half mile of Lowdon until I was 8 years old. He shared a lot of wisdom with me over the years.He always had a kid word, smile on his face and a story to tell. He was like a Grandfather to me. I will miss you dearly Lowdon. Enjoy your buckwheat pancakes with you folks.

Posted by Mike Flansburg - Redfield, SD - Friend   June 01, 2016

I will greatly miss my friend Lowdon.

I am thankful for his friendship and hospitality.

He was a true gentleman and scholar.

All the best "Old Friend"


Posted by Gene kantack - Idaho Falls, ID - Friend   May 31, 2016


Lowdon taught at Presho when my Mom worked for the school system & she thought highly of him.He also drove our schoolbus when I was young. He was a wealth of knowledge and I believe he helped with the Lyman County Historical Society over the years.

My personal memories are of visiting with Lowdon at the sheep sales in Chamberlain, at auctions or social events. He was a genius on so many subjects and a very imaginative fellow who could make about anything from scraps around the place. I remember him buying an old stationwagon from my brother & and few weeks later we met him at Chamberlain and he was hauling a load of sheep in the back ! I will miss this humble man, as I am sure man will ....

God bless you Mr. Heller & may you enjoy heaven as much as you did your life on earth - Amen.....

Posted by Joe Leichtnam - Rapid City, SD - Friend   May 31, 2016

RIP Lowdon. We salute you. We will miss you.

Our deepest sympathy to the Melba, Alis and the family.

All our love, The Kewley's

Posted by Monte & Deb Kewley - Marco Island, FL - Friend   May 30, 2016

Lowden was a dear sweet friend and we enjoyed his friendship very much.

Posted by Norman and Linda Watson - Ideal, SD - Friend   May 30, 2016