The Obit For Lowell Johnson

Lowell K. Johnson

Published in AnnArbor.com on January 31, 2010


Lowell K. Milan, MI
Age 75, died January 28, 2010 at home. He was born on June 1, 1934 in Negaunee, Michigan to Oscar and Vienna (Romo) Johnson.

Lowell was a 1952 graduate of Negaunee High School and 1956 graduate of Western Michigan University where he was a member of the 1955 NCAA College World Series Runner-up and MAC Championship Baseball teams.

After graduating from college he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball organization until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957.

After his return from the service he played professional baseball through 1959. Lowell was inducted into the Michigan Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

On May 25, 1957 he married Elizabeth Anne Powell and they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2007. Lowell went on to teach High School Physical Education at Romulus Community Schools and coached varsity baseball and later served as Athletic Director until his retirement in 1987.

He was a member of the Elks Club and Mike Gary Athletic "W" Club of Western Michigan University. During his retirement years he and his wife traveled throughout the United States, visiting each state capital and several Caribbean countries.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, attending the sporting and school activities of his grandchildren, as well as spending time in his native Upper Peninsula.

Besides his wife Anne, he is survived by five children, Julie (Tom) Gephart of Dundee, Rick (Cyndi) Johnson of Long-wood, FL, Bob Johnson and Bill (Jennifer) Johnson of Milan, and Mike (Debi) Johnson of Ypsilanti; 10 grandchildren, Jill (Jeff) Gerweck, Justin Gephart, Julie, Danielle, Samuel, Holly, David, Kayla, Nicolas and McKenna Johnson; a brother, Alan (Bonnie) of Negaunee; several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-ceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan on Monday from 3-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Milan on Tuesday at 11am where he will lie in state beginning at 10am. Burial to follow at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock. Contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. www.ochalekstark.com