Lowell Edward Frame


A life well lived.

Lowell Edward Frame came into this world October 21, 1923 on the family farm near Confidence, Iowa. He was welcomed by his parents, Joseph Edward Frame and Ruby Livona Robison Frame, and his two older sisters, Doris Maxine Ewing and Donna Jean Carpenter. In Lowell’s words, “I had a great boyhood, a good friend, Doyle Davis, a good dog, Bruno, and a good pony, Betsy. I had freedom to roam, to build a treehouse, and fall out of it.”

Lowell started his quest for life learning at Hickory Ridge, Confidence and Corydon schools. His own words are, “When I went to Corydon High School, I liked to play football and run track. I didn’t get real good grades, but the best thing that happened in my whole life was this spunky little girl who had a locker next to mine, Merilynn Zoe Smith. We began as friends, then sweethearts, then married and became parents of our pride and joy for life, Connie.”

Lowell and Merilynn started their marriage on an abandoned farm near Confidence. Nearly 79 years later, the farm is a tribute to their hard work and dedication. Lowell felt blessed to farm land that had been in the family for generations, Century and Heritage farms.

He was a long-time dedicated member of the faith community of New Providence Baptist Church. Lowell served in farm and community organizations, as well, including leadership in Farm Bureau, Farm Service, and Pork and Beef Producers. He was named a Master Pork Producer in 1974. Lowell was appointed to the Grand River Mutual Telephone Board in 1980.

He loved music and especially his young years as part of the Confidence Quartet with Carollton Ewing, James Frame, and Wayne Rissler, all longtime friends and neighbors.

Lowell and Merilynn enjoyed travel, especially in their motorhome with family. They visited all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and Europe throughout the years. Many happy hours were spent boating on Lake Rathbun aboard “Hog Wild” with friends and family. Trips to their cabin on Table Rock Lake were enjoyed for many years.

Lowell is survived by his wife of nearly 79 years, Merilynn Zoe Smith, their daughter, Connie Riemer and her husband, John. Lowell was especially proud of their grandsons, John Frame Riemer (Jay) and Joel Edward Riemer and he loved their spouses, Tina and Carolyn. He delighted in his five great-grandchildren, Logan, Adam, Ashley, Benjamin, and Chloe Riemer. Lowell was pleased to pronounce them “church broke,” his term. He is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Peacefully going home to Glory, Lowell departed this well-lived life December 15, 2018.

Funeral service was December 22, 2018 at New Providence Baptist Church in Confidence. A visiting time started one hour prior to the funeral, and interment immediately followed in Confidence Cemetery. Visitation took place December 21, 2018 at Thomas Funeral Home in Centerville with the family present. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the New Providence Baptist Church in Confidence and condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com or facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome.