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Obituary: Lowell James Yancey

Lowell James Yancey 1916 ~ 2005 Lowell Yancey passed away peacefully at his home on September 9, 2005 in Provo, Utah. He was born June 17, 1916 in Blackfoot, Idaho, the son of James Henry and Effie Jane Cobbley Yancey. Lowell graduated from Blackfoot High School and attended Brigham Young University, the University of Calif. at Berkley, UCLA, and USC. He served 34 months as a missionary for the LDS church in the French Mission from 1937-39. Lowell married Iretta Fife in the Mesa Arizona Temple on March 12, 1942. They were the parents of four children. Iretta passed away suddenly on May 20, 1973. They resided in Los Angeles, California. He married Florence Musser Woolley of Provo, Utah on September 13, 1975. Florence is the mother of six children. He was employed as a structural engineer with Northrop Aircraft, Inc. for 32 years prior to his retirement in 1973. Lowell worked on numerous aircraft and missile projects, having as many as 250 engineers under his direction at one time. During his career he traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe and served on several Air Force and government structural advisory boards. Retirement from Northrop was followed by a second profession in home construction in Sandy, Utah, where he and his son-in-law, Noel Quinton constructed approximately 150 homes. Lowell served as Ward Clerk of the Wilshire Ward in Los Angeles, Bishop, High Councilor and High Priest Group Leader. Much of his time in his later years was devoted to improving existing church facilities and helping with the construction of new facilities. Lowell and his wife, Florence were missionaries in the Santa Rosa California Mission. In his free time, Lowell enjoyed attending musical concerts, sporting events, traveling, gardening and spending time with his family. He loved woodworking, drawing and painting. Lowell enjoyed writing about his life and left an incredible legacy to his family through his numerous personal journals. Lowell would like to thank the local medical community for helping him to reach the age of 89. Lowell is survived by his wife, Florence of Provo; children Renee Quinton of Sandy, UT, Norene Frenis of Mission Viejo, CA, Brian Yancey of Casper, WY, and Gaylene Lesko of Taylorsville, UT; step-children, Wendy Powell of Valley Ford, WA, Kenneth Woolley of Salt Lake City, UT, Patricia Hoffman of Provo, UT, Ginger Woolley of Provo, UT, Scott Woolley of Ramona, CA and Richard Woolley of Orem, UT; 46 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and siblings Evelyn Yancey of Bountiful, UT, Zola Ricks of Idaho Falls, ID, Maxine Stone of Stockton, CA, Edythe Bradley of Bountiful, UT and Harold Yancey of Centerville, UT. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Gladys Buchanan and Elaine Searle. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept, 16, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 E. North Temple Drive, Provo. Friends and family may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center, Provo and Friday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment, Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, C.