FAIRFIELD — Terry Gene Lowenberg, 78, passed away on March 29, at his home in Iowa City. He was preparing his flower beds for spring blossoms with his beloved dog (Rascal) by his side.
Terry was born in Batavia on Dec. 1, 1935, to the late Gene and Bernice Lowenberg. He graduated from Batavia High School in 1953 and attended the University of Iowa before enlisting as a reservist with the U.S. Army. While enlisted, he met the love of his life, Barbara (Bobby) Ann Hillman on the beaches of Hawaii. They married on Jan. 17, 1958, in Ottumwa and later made their home in Fairfield.
Terry was known for his charismatic personality, quick wit and ability to connect with others. As a banker for more than 40 years, he devoted himself to helping his customers and built lasting relationships that he cherished greatly. His love for farming was rekindled in the mid-1970s when he purchased some farmland and cattle. Growing crops, baling hay, tending to his livestock and cutting wood in the timber all gave him great pleasure. After retiring as president of the Iowa State Bank & Trust Company in Fairfield, he continued his banking career, working with his son Greg, years that were especially rewarding for Terry.
At the age of 50, Terry devoted himself to better health and became a biking enthusiast. He was an avid participant in RAGBRAI and joined the Iowa 150 biking group, where he road more than 1,200 miles from Iowa to Washington, D.C. Terry moved to Iowa City in 1998, where he continued to enjoy biking, attending performances at Hancher Auditorium and participating in classes at the University of Iowa. Terry was dedicated to lifelong learning, and it was customary for students to see him in class.
Terry was a an active member of the Fairfield community and volunteered his time on the Jefferson County Fair Board, Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield Country Club, Walton Club, Elks Lodge and many other organizations. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Other pastimes included golfing, fishing, hunting, trapping, playing cards, reading and traveling.