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Lowell H. Norrish

Lowell H. Norrish

Lowell H. Norrish, 90, of Rock Falls passed away Thursday March 1, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Lowell was born on January 9, 1928, at home in rural Rock Falls. The eldest son of Harold and Cleo (Holbrook) Norrish, Lowell grew up in the Rock Falls area and graduated from Durand High School. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany before being Honorably Discharged. Lowell married Elaine Falkner on May 12, 1951 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima. After marriage, Lowell farmed and worked for American Materials. Lowell was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #139 and retired from American Materials after 41 years.

Lowell and Elaine loved traveling and square dancing. They enjoyed many destination bus trips and trips to see family in Montana and California. Lowell loved gardening in his large garden and walking on Hemlock Road. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Lowell is survived by Elaine his wife of 66 years; five children Charlene (LeRoy) Books of Whitefish, MT; Randy (Judy) of Durand; Ron (Laurie) of Livermore, CA; Karen (Tim) Troyer, of Stanley; and Roger of Rock Falls; 12 grandchildren LeAnn (Bill), Brandon (Friend, Michaela), Scott (Kim), Brad (Alea), Holly, Christina, Amanda, Shawn (Fiancé Oliva), Ryan (Friend, April), Jody (Pete), Tami, Jodi (Harley); nine great grandchildren Brayden, Aaren, Jackson, Kane, Lauren, Adria, Kendan, Jamie, and Jake; one brother Dennis (Cherilyn) of Rock Falls; two sisters Darlene Bauer and Dorothy Prissel both of Durand; sister-in-law Jean Falkner, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Jane Norrish, brothers-in-law Ralph Bauer, Robert Prissel, and Frank Falkner, and sister-in-law Anna Marie Crockett. 

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Thursday March 8, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Rev. Joseph C. Nakwah will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors Provided by the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand. Visitation will be from 4:00PM – 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. virginia m. white

    Dear Elaine, I had no idea of your loss of Lowell until
    I saw it on line today
    I am so sorry. I will keep you both in my prayers.

  2. Darlene Cliff

    Randy and Judy,
    Your father's journey here on earth has been a long and glorious one. He leaves a wonderful legacy with his large family who will remember him with such fondness and love. May the memories you have give you peace as your dad's journey now continues in Heaven.

  3. Robert Juedes

    My condolences to the family. Lowell was a very cheerful person every time a met him.

  4. Barbara Walters

    Charlie sorry for your loss thinking of you and your family.

  5. Mark DeMartelaere Family

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all the families.

  6. Bob and Lori Anderson

    Karen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Bob and Lori

  7. Mike and Barb Weber

    Scot, Brad, and Holly Sorry for loss of your Grandfather
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. John and Judy Parr

    Our sympathy is with you

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