Lowell Carlyle Tonding

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    Lowell Carlyle Tonding was born on December 2, 1930 in Austin, Minnesota to Lauritz and Jesse Tonding and passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the age of 89 years, 9 months and 21 days.


    Lowell married Bette Lou Katzung on April 13, 1952 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
    He entered the United States Air Force immediately following high school and after became a pipefitter with the Pipefitters Local 562 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a Methodist Minister in Newburg, Missouri, and an Alderman in St. James, Missouri.
    In retirement Lowell enjoyed spending time with family on his farm, traveling with Bette, flying his Luscombe airplane and attending auctions. It is at these auctions that he obtained the many toys he enjoyed playing with like tractors, a King Midget car and so many more.
    He also enjoyed volunteering in the community, particularly at the Boys and Girls Club in St. James, Missouri and taking part in town parades as a Korean War veteran.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette Lou Tonding; parents, Lauritz and Jesse Tonding; one brother, Alan Tonding; grandson, Lance Tonding; and great grandson, Izayah Schonlau.    
    He is survived by two sons, Louis Tonding and wife Judy of Robertsville, Missouri and Mark Tonding and wife Janet of Valley Park, Missouri; one daughter, Susan Kay Tonding and Rob of St. Louis, Missouri; four grandchildren, David Rhodes, Patty Lipford and husband Burk, Nicole Lynn Hull and husband Brad and Tara Tonding and Ralph; seven great grandchildren, Julian Lipford, Hanna Schonlau, Brandon Rhodes, Luke Rhodes, Sawyer Lipford, and unborn twins due in November 2020; other relatives and friends.
    Graveside funeral service with full military honors was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the St. James Cemetery in St. James, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.