Ten Mile Lake Association

Remembering our Ten Mile Lake Friends...2017


Kenneth Harrison Lowery

Kenneth Harrison Lowery passed away at his home in Round Hill, Virginia on February 12, 2017. Ken was born in 1919 in Mendham, New Jersey to William F. Lowery and Mary Eudora Colville Lowery. Kenneth was one of 10 children, and had two brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by sisters Eloise Martin, Roberta Sterner, and Carolyn Carlos. Having lived 97 years, Kenneth survived two wives, Frances Paul Lowery, who passed away in 1978, and Mary Ellen Jensen Lowery, who passed away in 2015.

Ken is also survived by his daughter Diane Young of Oxford, Ohio, and son Robert Lowery of Round Hill. Daughter Pauline Kelley is deceased. He also was a father to three stepchildren: Karan Padilla of Sterling, Virginia, Carl Hansen of Hartland, Wisconsin, and Ellen Land of Vienna, Virginia. And he was a grandfather and great grandfather to many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Growing up, Ken worked on the familyís dairy farm in Mendham. Ken attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1941 with a degree in Horticulture. During World War II, he sailed on a steamship accompanied by a Naval escort to work at a Dole pineapple plantation on Lanai, in what was then the Territory of Hawaii. In 1967, Ken helped establish the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, Virginia, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Ken was a charter member of the church and he attended the church with his wife Francis, and then TMLA Newsletter, Spring, 2017 Page 11 TMLA Newsletter, Spring 2017 Page 13 with his wife Mary Ellen. He held several positions at the church, including Church Trustee.

Ken served on the Loudoun County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors from 1979 to 2003, and was chairman for many years. He was the longest serving board member and was a mentor for the District staff. Ken was a founding member of the Board of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, which established and operates the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, Virginia. The museum opened in 2003. Ken participated in the museumís first publication, Itís Just a Way of Life, by providing oral histories of his time working at Hill High Orchards in Round Hill. After he married Mary Ellen, Ken began spending his summers on the north shore of Ten Mile Lake in northern Minnesota. He helped manage, maintain, and improve the family cabins on the lake, made many friends, and always attended the weekly menís coffee. He loved being at the lake with the large groups of grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

Ken was a true gentleman. He was kind, gentle, generous and friendly person. He loved hosting friends and family on the deck at his home on Sleeter Lake, and was proud to share in the enjoyment of the property with his family. Ken was a warm person and had a wonderful sense of humor. He always responded happily when prodded to disclose details about his adventures in his youth. He had some good stories to tell. He was always curious and enjoyed learning new things. He was skilled at woodworking, and built furniture, picture frames, and shelves, and enjoyed teaching these skills to his grandchildren. Ken used reclaimed wood to construct tables of all sizes as gifts to his loved ones, and these tables are treasured by everyone. Ken loved animals. He spent freely to buy bird seed to stock the bird feeders on his deck. Ken enjoyed playing bridge and participated in several Carver Center senior bridge groups in Purcellville, where he had made several new friends over the last few years.

A memorial service for Ken was held on April 8, 2017 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Purcellville. Memorial contributions may be given to Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, VA 20164 or St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 711 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132.

Provided by Ellen Land


Michael J. "Mike" Jensen

Michael J. ďMikeĒ Jensen, age 69, of Westerville, OH, passed away January 13, 2017. Mike was a retired banking executive from the Chase Bank. Born in Decorah, Iowa, he was a graduate of DeSales High School in Decorah and the University of Iowa. Resident of Westerville since 1988, he attended Lamb of God Lutheran Church. He gave of his time and talents over the years as an active volunteer for various organizations, including Godman Guild and Camp Mary Orton, Westerville Warcats Hockey Association, and Ten Mile Lake Association in Hackensack, MN.

Mike is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diane; children, Miranda (Matthew) Mann and Martin Jensen and his girlfriend, Christa Van Volkenburg; grandchildren, Lydia and Caleb Mann; sisters, Karen Allen and Susan (Reynold) Sacquitne; brothers, James (Mary Ann), Norman, William, Richard (Sherry), and Paul Jensen; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Margaret Jensen, sister Jeanine, brothers David and Jerome.

Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio, Wednesday January 18, 5-8 p.m., and at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 4925 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43230 for one hour prior to the service, which will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, with Pastor Tim Wagner officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation which is dedicated to the health and wellness of children in central Ohio.

Reprinted from the Columbus Dispatch, provided by Peter Jensen