He was born July 12, 1925 in Jackson, Mo. to Emil and Emma Voges Lowes. He was baptized and confirmed at Hanover Lutheran Church. He attended the former Clover Hill School in Jackson, the former Hanover Lutheran School in Cape, and was a graduate of Jackson High School. He and JoAnn Crites were married Nov. 23, 1951, at the Hanover Lutheran Parsonage. They resided in Dexter 48 years.
Norman honorably served as a corporal in the U.S. Marines from Feb. 15, 1944 to Aug. 15, 1946.
Upon returning from the military, he became employed at Union Electric, retiring in 1985. He and JoAnn moved back to Jackson in 2005.
Norman was a member of Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post #158 in Jackson, and was a former active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Dexter. He was a fan of Cardinal baseball but enjoyed most televised sports and also a good western movie. He also liked hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his loving wife, JoAnn of Jackson; a daughter, Carol Ann (the late Steven) Roderman of Davison, Mich.; a son, Michael Ray (Rexenne) Lowes of Hannibal, Mo.; five grandchildren, Erica (Shawn) Heck of O'Fallon, Mo., Lisa (Sam) Weaver of Price, Utah., Jennifer (Rocky) Nichols of Canton, Mich., Gregory (Tomi) Lowes of Hannibal, Audrey (Luke) McCoy of Marion, Iowa; and 10 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Abigail, Matthew, Brendon, Megan, Owen, Olivia, Madalyn, Corban, and Abigail.
Also surviving are three siblings, Lillian (Ernest) Reiman of Egypt Mills, Paul (Loretta) Lowes, and Harold (Maretta) Lowes; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Lowes, all of Jackson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie (Charles) Daume; a brother, Ralph Lowes, and an infant brother, Roy Lowes.
Visitation will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Sunday, April 3, from 1 p.m. to time of service, at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
Funeral service will be Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2 p.m., at the Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo. with the Rev. Tony Kobak officiating, and the Vicar Nate Wollenberg assisting in the service.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Hanover Lutheran Building Fund or the American Heart Association.