Lowell Harvey Stapf, 82, of Amarillo, died Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Burt Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Lowell was born in Amarillo on Aug. 4, 1929. He was raised and lived in Amarillo until his death. He grew up working with his father and developing a love for machines and the carnivals. He worked in the amusement industry most of his life taking various amusements rides to state fairs across the United States and Canada. He loved to tell stories about his amusement business adventures while on the road. He owned and operated clubs and amusement places in Amarillo including The Paramount Club. He was on the board of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, a member of the Music Box Society, Antique Tractor Club, Old Car Club, Harley Owner’s Group, Amarillo Club, and Amarillo Historical Society. Lowell was a lifetime member of the Polk Street United Methodist Church and was active in the Life Twogether Sunday school class.
Lowell was always very active in various projects in Amarillo and never met a stranger. He was a giant of a man employing anyone who needed a job, and he was well known in Amarillo.
He was an animal lover, and had dogs all of his life. Lowell loved many musical instruments and enjoyed playing the piano and accordion. He also loved to restore player pianos, coin operated instruments, antique cars, jukeboxes, and band organs.
He will be missed by many people in Amarillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell Stapf Sr. and Esther Anderson Stapf; his sister, Ann; his stepmother, Dorothy Stapf; and three brothers, Alan, Lee and Don Stapf.
Survivors include a sister Sylvia and husband Keith Sims of Amarillo; two nieces, Carrie Sims of Beeville and Jeanne Sims of Tempe, AZ; and two cousins, Phillip and Ronald Gotlin both of Colorado.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2012 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be to Polk St. United Methodist Church Youth Program, 1401 South Polk St., Amarillo, Texas 79101; or to the ASPCA of Amarillo, 11901 South Coulter St., Amarillo, TX 79119.