Lowell Lloyd Baldwin was born March 8, 1926, on a farm near Akron, the son of Lloyd and Marie (Heeren) Baldwin. He was raised on a farm in Johnson Township and attended and graduated from Akron High School in 1943. While in high school, Lowell was instrumental in establishing the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program in the Akron school.
As a youth, Lowell began his long relationship with the 4-H program, beginning as a member and later an adult leader.
On June 11, 1946, Lowell entered the United States Army and served his country until his honorable discharge March 31, 1948. He was stationed in the Philippines as a prisoner of war guard. Following his discharge he returned to northwest Iowa.
Lowell was united in marriage to Joyce Rollins June 17, 1949, at the Adaville United Methodist Church. Lowell and Joyce farmed in the Akron area until 1948 when they moved to a farm in Liberty Township. Joyce died in 1983 and Lloyd continued to farm until 2008.
Lowell was active with 4-H for more than 40 years. He had the opportunity to be a leader to countless youth and for many he was a second generation leader. He had the honor of being a leader for five of his grandchildren.
Through his involvement with 4-H, Lowell was a fixture at the Plymouth County Fair. Often times he could be found at the south end of the beef barn watching over the cattle.
Lowell was also a longtime member of the Adaville United Methodist Church, having served many positions throughout the years.
Survivors include his three children, Dennis Baldwin and his wife, Deb of rural Merrill, and their family Chad, Ryan, and Tami; Cheryle Herman of Columbia, Mo., and her son Keil and his wife, Christine Herman; and Doug Baldwin and his wife, Brenda of rural Merrill and their children Sara and Jill; two great-grandchildren, Cory and Cody Baldwin; a brother, Marlin Baldwin and his wife, Bev of Sioux City; three sisters-in-law, Gerldine Baldwin of Merrill, Phyliss (Colin) Collman of Craig and Marjorie Baldwin of Ark.; two brothers-in-law, John (Mary) Rollins of Akron and Paul Rollins of Sioux City; and several nieces and nephews.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Marie (Heeren) Baldwin; his wife Joyce; two brothers, Ardeth and Luverne Baldwin; and his parents-in-law, Alva and Myra Rollins.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Adaville United Methodist Church, rural Merrill, with the Rev. Merrill Muller officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion post #186 of Akron will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Merrill. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars with the family present after 5:30 p.m. to greet friends, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Friday morning at the church 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Tami Baldwin, Ryan Baldwin, Sara Baldwin, Jill Baldwin, Mike Rollins, Brian Rollins, Chad Baldwin, and Keil Herman.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.