James Floyd Lowder

James Floyd Lowder
James Floyd Lowder

James Floyd Lowder, 87, passed away on the morning of Friday, April 3rd, 2020, at his home in Amarillo. He was surrounded by family and died peacefully with his loving wife of 48 years at his side and holding his hand.

Jim is survived by his wife, Nelda, and his children and their families: James and Naly Lowder, David Lowder, Tracy and Scott Hearon, Debbie and Duane McGarraugh, Dr. Pamela Parker, and Kim Sledge, along with seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Grace Lowder, his older brother Lee, and his younger sister Marjorie.

Visitation will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Graveside services will be held at Llano Cemetery on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:00 pm.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

Jim was a third generation rancher and cattleman. He was born in Osage City, Kansas, and grew up on the Lowder Ranch in Lyon County, where he became an expert cowboy and horseman at an early age. He graduated a year early as valedictorian from Allen High School and went on to attend Kansas State University (then Kansas State College), where he was a leader on both the collegiate rodeo and livestock judging teams and served in the Air Force ROTC unit.

As a member of the Kansas State Rodeo Team, Jim competed in multiple events, including calf roping and saddle bronc riding. At the 1951 Grand National Livestock and Rodeo Exhibition at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, he helped his team place third, and continued to actively maintain and enjoy his cowboy skills well into his professional life.

Jim graduated from Kansas State with a B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry. Immediately after graduating college, he was called up for further training as an Air Force supply officer, after which he deployed to Korea and then Japan from 1953 to 1956. He finished his military career as a 1st Lieutenant.

Mr. Lowder was a successful cattleman and a leader in the cattle industry in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma for several decades. He was mentored by some of the best in the cattle business. In turn, he gave back by serving on the board of directors of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and by mentoring future leaders in the industry.

Along the way, Jim and Nelda picked up a love of golf. He and Nelda loved to play golf, travel, entertain and meet new friends. They have cherished family and friends and are grateful for the many, many wonderful people who have become their friends over the years.


8 Replies to “James Floyd Lowder”

  1. Nelda, Jim and you left some wonderful memories in LiberaL, Ks. I remember some good times at LCC. Jim was also pretty good with a tennis racket. Sorry to hear that he has passed, enjoyed both of you as friends and customers

  2. We are heart broken for your family! We so enjoyed visits with Jim, Nelda and the family over the years. He will be missed!

  3. I grew up next door to Jim in Allen, KS.. My first horse ride was in the saddle with hi. I grew up idolizing Jim. He was a fine man then and never changed . Jim was a man who walked to the beat of his own drummer and one to admire which I always have. Deepest Sympathies

  4. Jim was such a great guy. I remember he and Nelda visiting the house south of Allen while I was in high school. I mowed the grass in the summer and always wanted it looking sharp when they visited. He was certainly a man to learn how to be a man from – didn’t know he was teaching me at that time however, now I know being around him was a blessing. Thinking of Nelda and family during this difficult time.

  5. Dan and I were so sad to see that Jim had passed away. He always had a smile and something nice to say when we ran in to you guys. We will miss him. Sincerely, Dan and Mary McWhorter

  6. I loved Jim so much. He always had such a sweet smile and always truly cared how you we’re doing. He will truly be missed.

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