Lowell Alvin Manier passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in one of his favorite places on earth… his shop. To know Lowell meant you knew he never stopped working, always had a project, and would help anyone in need. Saturday he was doing what he loved…taking care of his shop cat Snowball, and his heart just knew it was time to rest.
Lowell was born Oct. 15, 1942, in Elma, Washington to Lowell D. and Eileen Manier. He grew up being the responsible big brother to a sister Linda, and brothers Jerry, Charles, Dick, and Bob. Lowell met his wife Myrna when she worked at the Satsop Grange Supply and they were married on June 15, 1968. Lowell and Myrna traveled the world together before having their two children Stephanie and Steven. This June they would have celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary. Lowell worked for Weyerhaeuser as a loyal and dedicated employee for 40 years. He was incredibly proud of his service and the lifelong friends he made there.
Lowell was the local Bee Whisperer with the most gentle soul, unless he was dealing with his new fangled cell phone. You could see him driving through town checking his bees, picking up supplies at Dennis Company, or stopping to get some Hostess snacks. Lowell’s pride and joy was ML Manier Apiary – the best local honey in the world. Almost every day when you walked through his front door you would see boxes ready for pick up or jars left by loyal customers. Lowell loved working with his bees and sharing that work of heart with his community.
Lowell was an amazing husband, the greatest dad, an awesome “Papa Lowell”, and just the best guy you could ever hope to meet. He loved his little jokes and pranks and would get the biggest smile on his face when he pulled one over on you. He was a quiet collector, a master farmer, and could fix absolutely anything. He loved listening to the Mariners on 710, time on his iPad, and getting chocolate chip cookies for Christmas.
Lowell was the best part of his family and is survived by his wife Myrna, daughter Stephanie, son Steven, and grandson Kendrick. He is also missed dearly by the animals he so tenderly cared for on his 40-acre farm. As per Lowell’s request to not have a fuss made about him when he’s gone, there will not be a funeral. In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to Harbor Rescue in honor of his love of animals (PO Box 1158 Cosmopolis, WA 98537) or you can go out and take care of your local bees.