Lowell Thomas Maude Obituary

Lowell Thomas Maude
Lowell Thomas Maude

March 20, 1931 - November 21, 2017
Born in Vermillion, South Dakota
Resided in Buffalo, Wyoming
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Lowell Thomas Maude
March 20, 1931 - November 21, 2017

Private services for Lowell Thomas Maude, 86-year- old Buffalo man who passed away Tuesday morning at Johnson County Healthcare Center, Buffalo, Wyoming, will be held by family and friends at a later date. Donations in Lowell’s memory may be made to Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.harnessfuneralhome.com

Lowell Thomas Maude was born March 20, 1931, on the Maude family farm in Clay County, South Dakota, to Frederick T. Maude and Eva B. (Dunn) Maude. He attended country school and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1949. He also attended the University of South Dakota.
Lowell entered the Army, serving in the Medical Corps in Japan during the Korean War. He repaired, invented, and engineered medical equipment, and was immediately recognized for his ingenuity and design talent. When his service was completed, he was selected from thousands of men to continue his talents at General Electric; however, he chose to return to the family farm.
In 1954, he was enjoying his mechanical talents by building race cars near the Evergreen Caf when he met Beverlee J. Thomas. She was the love of his life, and they married on August 16, 1956, in Vermillion, SD. After a year working at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington, the two returned to the Maude farm north of Vermillion where they lived until 1976.
Lowell established his mechanical reputation in the late 1950's as service manager at Sorenson Implement, the J. I. Case dealer in Vermillion. Before long, word got around and this talented mechanic could fix anything. He would eventually be hired by Greer Motor Company, the Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac dealer and finally Oden Implement the local IH dealership. In the early 1970's Lowell established 'Maude Farm Service' an independent shop specializing in agriculture related repair, but it wasn't long before the shop branched out to car and truck repair as well. Lowell's reputation as a skilled welder and fabricator kept him busy in that area as well. His unconventional approach and keen understanding of everything mechanical won over many customers who had been told their car, truck or tractor 'could not be fixed' or required expensive repairs by other shops. Lowell ignored all that and just fixed it his way. His quiet confidence and 'can do' attitude was inspirational. Before long he was turning away customers because he couldn't keep up with the workload. He was also hired by the Vermillion School District to teach Auto Mechanics, a program offering vocational skills to high school students. He loved teaching those students how to fix their own vehicles and instilled them with pride and confidence. During his career, he was recognized with many awards from JI Case, International Harvester, General Motors, and Toyota.
Lowell and Beverlee left the family farm and relocated to Buffalo, Story, and Sheridan, Wyoming. In 1984, they moved to New Mexico where Lowell was a shop foreman at Chino Copper Mine near Silver City. They later returned to Sheridan where Lowell worked as shop foreman at Spring Creek and Decker Coal mines until his retirement. He instilled hard work, determination and tenacity in his children, encouraging them they could accomplish anything they chose. In return, they admired him for his strength and guidance.
He is survived by his four children: Thomas L. Maude (Sally) of Englewood, CO; Mary J. Fitzgerald (John) of Saint Onge, SD; Rose A. Maude-Harriet (Casey) of Buffalo, WY; and Ashley L. Lecholat (Anthony) of Sheridan, WY. Together he and Beverlee had nine grandchildren: Courtney, Brittany, Thomas, Sara, John Matthew, Megan, James, Benjamin, and Samuel, and six great-grandchildren: Ayden, Evangelina, Erabella, Pearl, Penelope, and Mary. He was preceded in death by his wife Beverlee and his parents.

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