Remembering Lowell Julian Brugger

Lowell Julian Brugger

December 8, 1936 - December 25, 2021

On December 25, 2021, Christmas Day afternoon, Lowell Julian Brugger, 85, died at his home in La Grange, Texas surrounded by his loving family. He was known to many as “Buddy” Brugger, and lovingly called “Papa” by his eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The youngest of 4 children, Lowell was born to Johnny and Norma Brugger in La Grange, Texas. He grew up between the farm in Halsted and their home in La Grange.

Lowell married Rae in Mexico, honeymooned with her on a journey to Alaska, and enjoyed much travel across the States with his wife, children, and grandchildren. His career and outdoorsmen hobbies were strongly rooted in Texas.

Lowell had worked in Construction since his teens. An accomplished and respected craftsman, Lowell built homes, apartments, office buildings and cabins with an artistic eye all over Texas. In and around Fayette County, he has a great many satisfied customers.

When taking a short break from work, he could religiously be found visiting with friends and any other passersby at the Donut Shop in the mornings or at the ‘Dairy Mart’ (later DQ) in the afternoons.

On his longer breaks from work, he’d often be traveling to hunt for his big buck out in West Texas, fishing at a nearby lake, or fishing from the beach or pier along the Gulf coast. It was with photos and trophies from all his hunting, fishing, and other trips that Papa filled his game room. His game room will long remain the best place for family and friends to look back on those cherished memories.

Lowell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rae Elizabeth (Coenen) Brugger; four children: Sheri Schneider and her husband, Glenn Ray Schneider; Staci Brugger; Victoria Brugger; and Mark Brugger; sister, Nellie Havins; eleven grandchildren: Brandon Schneider; Colton Brugger and his wife, Allison; Lathan Staal and his wife, Caitlyn; Samantha Brugger; Savannah Gotsch and her husband, David; Dalton Staal; Sabrina Brugger; Shayleigh Staal; Sidney Brugger; Hunter Brugger and friend, Jessica Recek; and Coy Magness; nine great-grandchildren: Zoey Staal; Skylar Wallace; Lillian Brugger; Avery Wallace; Ruth Brugger; Lowell Brugger; RaeLynn Brugger; Thaddeus Gotsch; John Brugger; with number ten on the way; His cousin’s widow, Loretta Brugger; many loving nephews: Glenn W. Michalk and wife, Judy; Ronny Havins; Don Havins; Danny Dildy; Mike Brugger and wife, Maxine; and Garry Brugger and wife, Deborah; along with numerous other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lowell was preceded in death by his: parents Johnny and Norma; uncle, Alfred Brugger and his wife, Esther; brother, John Brugger; sister, Dorothy Dildy; nephew, Dwight Brugger; niece, Debbie Cheshire and her husband, Robert; cousin, Roy Gene Brugger; and granddaughter, Hollie Schneider.

A celebration of Lowell’s life will take place at the Fayette County Fair Event Center on Saturday, January 15th from 11am to 2pm. Lowell’s family and friends are invited to attend this celebration. For more information about this event, please contact Colton Brugger at 979-966-7995 or Fayette County Fair Event Center. 400 W Fair Grounds Rd, La Grange, TX 78945

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lowell to:

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
800 N Franklin St, La Grange, Texas 78945

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
539 E Pearl St, La Grange, Texas 78945


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View the slideshow / photos from the celebration of life in this Google Drive folder.