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Lowell H. Schrupp, 80

Lowell Hubert Schrupp, age 80, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at Good Samaritan Home in Howard Lake.

He was born at home in Howard Lake to Andrew and Mardis Schrupp. Lowell graduated from Howard Lake High School, and entered into the army shortly after that.

He married Karen Cochran and they had four children.

After returning from the service, Lowell began working at Munson Feeds in Howard Lake.

Lowell loved horses. His passion for the magnificent four-legged creatures began when he was at a horse auction in middle school. He saw a starving colt and felt sorry for it, so he purchased it for $20.

He started Little Bit Ranch in 1977, where he bred, raised, and trained quarter horses. Lowell then started running horses at county fairs. He was on the Wright County Fair Board for 23 years, and a member of MQHRA (Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association). Lowell won several races with quarter horse babies that were bred by his stallion and mares.

He traveled to watch his young horses in training and various races out of town and at Canterbury race track in Shakopee. He won many races with his quarter horses and was proud of his accomplishments.

Lowell retired from Munson Feeds after 40 years in feed sales.

He had a hearty laugh, distinguishable in a crowd. Lowell enjoyed following his grandchildren’s sports activities and any horse races, a polka dance, and good brandy.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, and Howard Lake American Legion Post 145.

Lowell is survived by his daughters, Connie Norman of Bemidji, Jessie (Pat) Salonek of Waverly, and Susan (Bill) Kalinowski of Maple Lake; grandchildren Joshua (Corrina) Koch, Adam (Beth) Koch, Jennifer (Chad) Remer, Stephanie (Nick) Ward, Angela (Jess) Tourmanen, Patrick (Laura) Salonek, Andy (fiancée Leah Bird) Salonek, and Ryan Kalinowski; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by siblings Howard (Jeanette), Loren (Janice), Melvin (Nancy), Carol (Gerald) Burau, and Gaylen (Kathy); also Karen (Cochran) Duraine, the mother of his children; Lavonne Schrupp-Riebe, former wife, and her daughters; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents; his only son, Kim; brothers Ralph and Gerald; and nephew Tim Schrupp.

A memorial service took place Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the services at the church.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401

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