Lowell Eugene Alford of Silverdale went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 24. He was born on March 13, 1932 to Lillie Mae and Millage Alford in Niceville, Florida. He graduated from Niceville High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Auburn University.
Lowell married Doris Stevens in 1953 in Niceville, and together they raised three children as Lowell moved around the United States working as an engineering manager for Lockheed. Activating the Trident Subbase at Bangor brought Lowell and Doris to Kitsap County for the first time in 1975. Following an early retirement from California, they settled on a farm in Hansville where they lived for 25 years.
Lowell loved his life, filled with family, gardening, archery hunting, and fishing the salt and fresh waters of the northwest, especially for salmon. Wherever he lived, he served as a deacon and adult Sunday School teacher in his local church. In his long retirement, Lowell enjoyed a second career as a world-class woodcarver, specializing in life-like carvings of trout and salmon. He never met a stranger and enjoyed long walks and visiting with people wherever he lived, most recently in Silverdale, near Crista Shores where he and Doris have lived since 2019.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Mike. He is survived by his wife Doris, his sister Carleita Levy of Florida, his son Butch (Julie) of Poulsbo, his daughter Cindy Russell of Florida, and his daughter Deb Struzyna (Dieter) of Kirkland and Lisbon, Portugal; grandsons Rob (Tara) and Nick (Shelby) Alford, granddaughter Austin (Vitor) Mota, grandson Drexel Kleber, and 8 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at North Kitsap Baptist Church in Poulsbo on Saturday, August 28 at 2pm.