Lowell Fahrman, 85, Rochester

Published 12:23 pm Saturday, October 16, 2010

Lowell Albert Fahrman, 85, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. The funeral service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. James Heining officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Macken Funeral Home.

Lowell was born on Aug. 26, 1925, in Rochester, to Alert O. and Ella (Schumann) Fahrman. He was baptized on Sept. 20, 1925, at Trinity Lutheran, Rochester, by the Rev. Weinhold and was also confirmed at Trinity on March 17, 1940. Lowell graduated from Rochester High School in 1943. He was then inducted into the Army in December of that same year. After basic training at Ft. Benning Georgia, he was sent to Ft. Bragg, N.C. From there he went overseas to serve in the Combat Infantry. They landed at Marseilles, France, and went through lower France, through Alsace Lorraine, to Stuttgart, Germany. Lowell served in the Combat Infantry, 100th Division, Co L, 98th Regiment for three years. He was honorably discharged in March, 1946.

Lowell attended Rochester Jr. College where he received a degree in Opthalmic Optics. He worked at Benson Optical in Albert Lea for 30 years, then transferred to Rochester. He later managed the lab at Duling Optical until 1991.

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Lowell was married to Lorraine Schultz at Trinity, Waltham, on Oct. 7, 1950. Lowell and Lorraine were blessed with seven children: Leone Lorraine, deceased, Daniel (Mary) Fahrman of Fargo, N.D., Diane (Glen) Holland of Mazeppa, Gail Brosnan of Rosemount, Joan (James) Plantage of Albert Lea, Joyce (Terry) Flowers and Paula (Mark) Kuisle of Rochester; 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Donald (Ann) Fahrman of Stewartville and a sister, Elizabeth Scharlemann of Hoffman, Ill.

Zion Lutheran was his church home in Albert Lea and Redeemer Lutheran Church since moving to Rochester, where he served in many capacities. He was an avid sportsman and gardener and known for his elderberry wine. His family remained his first priority.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Evan Fahrman, Drew Fahrman, Michael Quackenbush, Edward Brosnan, Dan Brosnan, Derek Flowers, Brandon Plantage, Brady Plantage and Eric Harper.

Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waltham. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Redeemer Lutheran Church, the National Honor Flight, or the American Diabetes Association.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.