Lowell Lewton, 93 Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at his residence in Palmyra.
Lowell was born Aug. 8, 1926 in Barry, Ill., the son of Frank and Nellie Lewton.
Lowell was a true entrepreneur, buying his first dump truck in 1942 while he was still in high school. When school was out, he would haul gravel at night. He bought his first semi when he was 22, hauling carcass beef from St. Joe to Chicago.
He farmed locally and was a self-taught mechanic, a trait he passed on to his sons.
In the late 80s he moved to the North Carolina region, forming his own trucking company. He owned 18 refer semis, hauling into Los Angeles for Nestle Company, among others.
His favorite story was getting stopped “going 105 mph down Grapevine Hill into L.A.” That was the way Lowell liked life; “in the fast lane!”
Lowell enjoyed his friends and acquaintances in the North Carolina area.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (fiancé, Karen Borrowman) and Jeff, two daughters, Lisa (Vasu) Pandrangi, Marcia (Rod) Turner. Lowell is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Melissa (Lewton) Mallon, Shelley Lewton, Gregory Lewton, Kurt Lewton, Jason Lewton, Anna (Lewton) Lemon, Brian Lewton, Emily (Lewton) Gutierrez, Molly Lewton, Bharani Pandrangi Tera (Pandrangi) Bonar, Adam Pandrangi, Alex Pandrangi, Alex Turner, Aaron Turner and Austin Turner.
One sister, Gloria Coultas of Beardstown, Ill., also survives.
Lowell was preceded in death by one grandson, Alan Lewton.
There will be no funeral services or visitation held.