Hugh Frank Lowe, of Albany, passed away July 6, 2021 at Hendrick Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 16, 1933 in Palo Pinto to Lester and Wilma Couger Lowe. At the age of six, he moved to Albany with his mom and stepdad Talbert Crow. He attended Albany schools and graduated from AHS in 1950.
After graduation, he worked for Marshall R. Young Oil Company and Gore Drilling Company before entering the U.S. Army on May 25, 1954.
He served two years in Germany where he met his future wife, Gerlinde Damith. They were married March 9, 1957 after returning to the United States. After his honorable discharge, he attended Ranger Junior College on the GI Bill.
He worked for Black Drilling Company followed by Riley Drilling before venturing out on his own by purchasing his first bobtail truck from John Carter to which he soon added two transports.
In 1972, he began Lowe Drilling Company. A partnership with A.V. Jones, Jr. and Jon Rex Jones began in 1973 with five drilling rigs. This collaboration lasted until January of 1979. He continued to operate one drilling rig until 1991.
Always looking for new adventures, he purchased a small ranch in 1981 and continued raising cattle and ranching until his death.
He founded Tabor Creek Oil Company in 1982, named after a favorite Coon Dog. He was still checking leases for this company the Saturday before his death.
He loved taking his children and grandchildren fishing and camping. The Clear Fork of the Brazos was a special place and offered many good times and adventures. He was very patient and humble and had a great sense of humor.
He loved his coon dogs and going coon hunting. He anticipated his yearly trip to the “World Coon Hunt” in Kentucky with his hunting buddies Johnny and Ricky. His family is sure they have many stories to tell. He was an avid member of the PKC Kennel Club and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Albany.
Hugh is survived by his wife, Gerlinde of 64 years; his daughter, Debra Boyett and husband Jearl of Albany; his son, Dean Lowe and wife Leigh of Albany; granddaughters, Joanie Bennett and husband Brian, Laci Cook and husband Jordan; grandsons, Keelan Lowe and Carson, Kolby Lowe and Roary; great granddaughters, Baylor Bennett and Ivy Lowe; nephew, Charles Lowe and wife Janie of Monahans; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill Lowe; and several prize coon dogs, including his beloved Koma.
Services were at Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, July 9, followed by interment at The Albany Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Keelan Lowe, Kolby Lowe, Brian Bennett, Jordan Cook, Tommie Brown and Larry Williams.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the donor’s favorite charity. PD