When looking for a community service role model, both locally and statewide, you can look to the late Lowell Minert.
His leadership has been a great asset to the school board, 4-H clubs, Sandhills Community Church (both as deacon and administrator), the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge.
He has also taken an active leadership role in the beef industry, serving on the board of directors and as president of the Purebred Council of the Nebraska Cattlemen. He served two terms as president of the Nebraska Angus Association and two terms on the board of directors of the American Angus Association, where he also served as chairman of the Certified Angus Beef Board.
He served on the board of the Nebraska State Fair, served as treasurer, and was instrumental in building the Thomson Outdoor Arena in Fonner Park.
Minert is honored this year with his induction into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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Lowell Minert was born April 13, 1940 to Berniece (Walker) and Emery Minert in Halsey, Nebraska. He has lived and worked as a rancher in the Sandhills of Nebraska all his life except for when he attended school or served in the Navy.
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He married Carrol Roseberry in 1962 and together they raised three children, Tim (and his wife Kim) Minert, Cindy (and her husband JW) Simonson and Wes Minert. They had seven grandchildren: Alex Minert, Andrea (Anthony) Phillips, Alexa Hall, Shaina Simonson, Jaylee Simonson, Hailey Minert, Landon Minert and a great-granddaughter Alannah Phillips.
Minert graduated from Curtis High School in 1958 and the University of Nebraska in 1962 with majors in range and ranch management and agronomy. While attending UNL, he served as president of the Block and Bridle Club, Rodeo Club, and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
He owned and operated the Minert Angus Ranch which was founded in 1953 with his parents after purchasing an Angus heifer through a 4-H project. Lowell and Carrol had deep roots in the Sandhills and started their own herdsman in 1964 after returning from active duty, rising to the rank of lieutenant in the United States Navy.
Lowell and Carrol represented the Nebraska Beef Council as ambassadors at the New York State Fair. It has also hosted various judging teams, and the ranch has hosted tours and groups of Angus and Cattle Dogs from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, England, Spain, Japan and China.
His favorite hobbies were visiting people and supporting young people in their endeavors, as well as sharing his passion for his livestock with people across the country and the world.
Minert’s passion, integrity, honesty and genuine love for agriculture and the cowboy way of life have earned him a valuable reputation in the beef industry and as an individual. His passion for his commitments earned him numerous awards and recognition, but he was most passionate about his family and extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching all of their activities, whether it was showing cattle, playing sports, rodeo, or music and drama.
He died on September 29, 2016.
Editor’s note: The Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame inducts 11 new honorees at a ceremony June 11 in Valentine, Nebraska. Every week until mid-June, we will meet with the inductees.