Aug. 11, 1935-Jan. 18, 2014
TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Lowell R. Bullock, 78, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Fine Arts Auditorium at Eastern Wyoming College with Pastor Steve Vetter of the First Baptist Church in Douglas officiating. Cremation will take place following the service.
Lowell died at Community Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, and the casket will be open briefly prior to the service at the auditorium.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home, and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Lowell was born Aug. 11, 1935. He was born “and” passed away in Torrington, but most important to him was the “and”. He lived and always called Torrington “home”. Lowell never really understood how anyone could consider any place but Torrington home.
He was the fifth child of John Benjamin and Birdie (Richardson) Bullock. He lost his beloved father when he was 8 years old and began helping his mother with expenses. He began working in the electrical trade for his uncle Grover Hartman when he was 13 and attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill.
The story goes of how one day he was cruising and saw Lois Whitman in shorts washing the family car. The little neighbor girl had grown up, and it didn’t take long for him to realize she was the one for him. Lowell and Lois were married Aug. 16, 1959 at the First Baptist Church in Torrington.
The same week, they bought his uncle’s house and business on Main Street. He would live there and run Bullock Electric for the next 54 years. He was one of the longest-standing master electricians in the state of Wyoming and gave many young men a start in the business.
On July 23, 1976, his son Lowell Dean was paralyzed in a diving accident. Seven months later, the love of his life, Lois, passed away on Feb. 15, 1977. For 35 years, he took care of Dean with the help of his best friend and companion, Bertha Farrington. We will forever be grateful to Dad and Bert for this.
In high school, Lowell loved football and track much more than academics. Being a state champion half-miler was a favorite story. From the Torrington Trailblazers and Tigers to Scott’s Rocky Mountain High baseball team to the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies, he was a loyal fan.
Lowell was a proud member of the Torrington Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years. He loved fighting fires so much he would try to help the firefighters while still just a kid.
He was also one of Santa’s “favorite helpers” for over 40 years, and in our biased opinion the very best there was. Lowell would say, “I know Christmas is truly about Jesus, but I don’t think Jesus minds a bit if I put a smile on a kid’s face”. His favorite time of day was coffee with his coffee buddies solving the town’s dilemmas.
Lowell is survived by his best friend, Bertha Farrington and his children, Lori and Rick Andrews, Lynda and Dante Fontenot and Scott and Michele Bullock; his grandchildren, Zack, Dirk, Riki and Luke Dean Andrews, Kayla and Bryce Fontenot, and Tagg Dean and Jesse Dean Bullock; his great grandchildren, Dottie and Rockne Andrews; his step-granddaughters, Courtney and Andrea Farrington; and many nieces and nephews.
He is now home with Lois and Dean, his parents, brothers Glen and Jerry and sisters Lavinia, Evelyn and Betty. We are sure this is the only “home” Lowell could ever consider better than Torrington.
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