Written by The Herald-News
Lowell Marvin Qualley, 89, died Oct. 29, 2013, at home at the Touchmark facility in Helena.
He was born in Froid on May 18, 1924, to Oscar and Bertha Qualley, who were early homesteaders in the area. He graduated from Brockton High School in 1942 and attended Concordia College in Minnesota, where he met Viola Jean Burgess at the Montana picnic. They courted in the Lambert area. Shy by nature, he brought his brother Raymond along for encouragement and, in a few years, he married Viola and Raymond married Viola’s sister, Olive.
For many years, he farmed in the Lambert-Sidney area with his brother Ray. During winters, he drove a school bus for the Lambert School District and later worked at the Holly Sugar Corp.
He and Vi loved to socialize over their daily coffee gatherings in Sidney. They also enjoyed many trips around the state and country to visit family and friends. Theu were active members in the Lutheran churches in Sidney and Lambert.
He was a hard worker with a strong work ethic who loved the land and was once heard saying in later years while observing the farmlands of Montana, “They must be having a lot of fun!” His mild disposition, warm smile and love of animals will be remembered by all.
In later years, he enjoyed playing his harmonica and singing, especially his college fight song, Concordia.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce; siblings, Orville, Josie Lien and Bernice Kozak; and grandson, Devon Qualley.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Viola; daughter, Barb Albrecht; sons, Steven, Craig, Dana and Tim; brother, Raymond; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
A memorial service will take place at a later time in Sidney.