Lowell Emmerson Hillbrand died on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Mille LacsHealth Systems in Onamia, Minnesota. He was 79 years old.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Isle with Rev. Kate Mensing officiating. Music is being provided by Carolyn Nutt. Casketbearers are Russell Erle Jr., Brandon Erle, Joey Gall, Jeremy Gall, Ryan Jorgensen and Kenny Anderson. Honorary Casketbearers are Roy Harrer, A. Jay Harrer, Matthew Jorgensen and Travis Teachout. Due to COVID-19, if you are feeling ill or are not comfortable being in a group setting please refrain from attending in person. Social distancing will be required. Cremation will follow the funeral and the urn will be inurned at Faith Lutheran Cemetery in Isle.
Arrangements by Mille Lacs Funeral and Cremation Services.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Hernly; children, Janet Klarer (Darren), Lisa Anderson (Kenny), Anita Gall (Brad), Delores Bakeberg, Sharee Teachout, Murrin Jorgensen (Rick), Denise Harrer, Keith Chilstrom; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur B. Hillbrand, in 1961; his wife, Audrey, in 2014; his mother, Marian Paschall, in 2019; and grandson Ian Kalk in 1987.
Lowell was born in Moose Lake, Minn., on May 14, 1941 to Arthur and Marian (Amundson) Hillbrand. His family lived in Onamia and Elrosa before moving to Isle in 1946 where he graduated in 1959. His main interests were music and the lake. While in high school he built two boats, one a hydroplane that went really fast and was a beautiful bright red. He also bought used motors and learned how to repair them. He attended Augsburg College for one year and the University of Minnesota where he played in the marching band. In
1963, he married Judy Murray. They lived in Minneapolis, Dillworth, Brainerd, Isle and Crystal. They had three lovely daughters together. They later divorced. He then met Audrey Chilstrom, they were married and gained five children. He became a carpenter and was active in the Minnesota Carpenters Union.
On weekends, Lowell and Audrey played country western music in many places and one year were named Minnesota Country Western King and Queen. They also lived in Colorado. After working for Honeywell for 20 years, they retired in Isle. Lowell built a twin home on the lake. His father had purchased the land from Otto Haggberg around 1959. He and Audrey opened Hillbrand Realty and were members of the Minnesota Board of Realtors. Lowell was also elected to the Isle City Council and was active in the Lions Club. They joined Faith Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir. Lowell loved singing and performing in clubs where he did great covers of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and more. He performed at many PERM benefits and to raise money for people in need. He was always willing to lend a helping hand with carpentry projects at church and MSA and the MUNI.