Long time Billings resident, Lowell Arthur Bartz, passed away peacefully on the beautiful spring morning of May 18, 2016 from natural causes. Lowell was born on September 6, 1931 the second of 5 sons to George and Hazel Bartz of Norcross, Minnesota. His Mother affectionately nicknamed him “Tuffy” and he spent the remainder of his life earning that nickname.
In 1955 Lowell married Betty Lou Beecher of Fergus Falls, Minnesota and shortly after they moved to Billings where they built a home and raised their family. Lowell worked many years for Sysco Food Service of Montana (formerly Keil Company then Continental Keil Company) as a warehouseman, delivery driver and a salesman. In Lowell’s later years he worked at Western Sugar Co-op and Jim’s Jungle.
If Lowell left a legacy it is of hard work and dedicated service. His work ethic was second to none. A good family friend once commented, “If he ever stopped working long enough to wipe the sweat off his brow he’d think he was gold bricking.”
Lowell and Betty have 4 children, Teresa May Hatfield (Ken), Brian Keith Bartz (Cindi), Robyn Kay Bartz (John Bayer) and Vicki Jean Williamson (Mark), 7 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Lowell is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Harold Bartz formerly of Midland, Michigan.
Condolences can be sent to Cremation and Funeral Gallery at 29 8th Street West Billings, Montana 59101.
A memorial service is planned for Thursday May 26 at 2:00pm at Cremation and Funeral Gallery with a reception following at the family home.
The family would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Senior Independence for their competent guidance, to Rocky Mountain Hospice for their compassionate care and to Tender Nest Assisted Living for treating each member of our family with dignity and respect.