Lowell D. Gehrls, 85


Lowell D. Gehrls, 85, of DeWitt, Iowa, formerly of Donahue, Iowa, died suddenly on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport.

A visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. A funeral was held Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the funeral home. Burial took place in Durant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family, which will be used to purchase a memorial bench at the Glynns Creek Golf Course in Scott County Park. Online condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.

Lowell was born on Sept. 21, 1938, the son of Elmer and Laverna (Paustian) Gehrls in Lowden, Iowa. He graduated from Sunbury School with the Class of 1957. After graduation, Lowell proudly served his country in the Iowa National Guard. 

Lowell was a dairy farmer in Donahue, Iowa, his entire life, until selling the herd in 1992. After retiring, Lowell continued raising livestock on his farm. He also served as a Greenskeeper at Glynns Creek Golf Course, where he found a treasure trove of wayward golf balls that he shared with his friends. Lowell enjoyed fishing, his dogs, feeding his birds and playing cards, especially Sheepshead. Most of all, Lowell loved spending time with his family and friends.

Lowell will be dearly missed by his daughter, Jodee (Kevin) Tippet of Parkview, Iowa; three sons, Craig (Mary) Gehrls of Eldridge, Iowa, Todd (Kathy) Gehrls of Donahue, Iowa, and Kent (Jennifer) Gehrls of Eldridge, Iowa; eleven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and his special friend, Madonna Sagers.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Donovan Gehrls.