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Age 85

Date of Death March 8, 2012

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

Services will be at
11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Three Rivers. Family will
receive friends after the service in the parish hall. Private interment with military honors.
Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary Notice

He was born May 15, 1926, in
Dubuque, IA to Emmet and Irene (Hilliard) Lowry. He married Yvonne Imogene (Bohne) in
1954. Tom was a lifelong teacher, enlightening students at Pershing Elementary, Berwyn,
IIL, Dundee Middle School, Dundee, IL, and Marcellus Elementary and Marcellus Middle
School, Marcellus, MI. He also was an adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. After retiring, he was the executive director
of Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Mich. (successfully leading the $750,000
capital fund-raiser that resulted in the creation of the Monroe Gallery and renovation of
the Carnegie Center). He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving overseas
during World War II. He was extremely active in theater as an actor, singer, dancer,
makeup artist and director in many locations including Chicago, Jackson Hole, WY,
Kalamazoo and Three Rivers. Along with his wife and children, the Lowry family
entertained audiences in professional and semi-professional settings. Tom was adviser
for the Marcellus High School Honor Society, sponsor for the Marcellus Ski Club, was a
troop leader for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Marcellus, a counselor at Camp Eberhart,
and was involved with Sing Out Kalamazoo. He belonged to the Marcellus Rotary Club
and was a board member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He was responsible for
expanding the arts available in the Three Rivers community, bringing many artists, ballet
and symphony to the Carnegie Center. He started an arts program for fourth-graders. He
offered religious instruction including pre-Cana, CCD and Christian Family Movement in
the Chicago area. Lowry was named Three Rivers Citizen of the Year in 1998. Education
included a bachelors degree at DePaul University, Chicago, and a masters degree from
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne,
of the home; six children, Thomas Lowry Jr., Three Rivers, Raymond Lowry, Tucson, AZ,
Eva Yore (Michael), Western Springs, IL, Patrick Lowry (Jennifer), Hays, KS, Matthew
Lowry, St. Paul, MN, and Mark Lowry (Ellen), Cary, IL; ten grandchildren, Gabrielle and
Caitlin Yore, Sophia Lowry, Jacob and Erin Lowry, Jessica Hopkins and Alexandra Lowry,
Chris and Kelly Krueger and Candace Passig; seven great-grandchildren, Madison and
Gianna Hopkins, Phylicia Shoemaker, Sky and Kylie Krueger, and Steven and Daniel Krueger; and two great-great-grandchildren, Emma and Caleb Shoemaker. He is
preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Emmet, Robert, Quentin, Joseph and
Eugene Lowry; three sisters, Lorraine Lutz, Joan Beriger, and Virginia Martin; and two
daughters-in-law, Susan (Hotovy) Lowry, and Lynda (Jacobson) Lowry.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Memorial contributions may be made to the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers.




Condolence Messages(13)
Our deepest sympathy is offered to the Lowry family at this time of loss. Tom was a true gentleman.

Del & Susan Martin gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 8:23 AM


Tom, Yvonne, and Family, Our love and prayer's are with you at this time. Sheila, Cathy, Di, Hope, Sharon, and Karen.

Sheila Kuhbander gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 9:57 AM


Yvonne and family...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I cherish my memories of Tom and all of you, and continue to hold you in my heart. Tom lived a full life, and had many wonderful accomplishments.

Steve Mater gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 11:27 AM


Tom, We are so sorry to hear of your father's death. He was one-of-a-kind and a real treasure to our community. We both have so many memories, but of course I have the association we had at CCA, and the laughs (and tears) we shared over those years. He will be missed by so many, more than even you can imagine. God bless him. Sally

Chick & Sally Boeschenstein gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 12:53 PM


I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Thom made me laugh, think and a better person. He will be missed.

Michael Murphy gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 4:02 PM


There is a great saddness in the east with the passing of this most talented and kind man. Sending my love to you all - Sarah

Sarah Paola gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 5:03 PM


Yvonne, Tom, and family ...our thoughts, love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your husband & father was a wonderfully gifted man who gave so much to the Three Rivers community. What a gift all of you have been to Three Rivers!

Allen and Julie Beal gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 6:43 PM


Mona from the Marcellus news told me of Tom's passing. I had a few memories to share with her. I remember Tom for being Eva's Dad - A guy who taught me the Virginia Reel and THE tenor in the Marcellus churches Choir. He was a blast to be around. We shared a few laughs and I enjoyed the musings of a loving couple, Tom and Yvonne. Tom lived life and Thanks for being a part of my life..

Al Churchill gave their condolences on 3/11/2012 at 11:00 PM


Dear Lowry Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time. Love, kathy

Kathleen Vogel gave their condolences on 3/12/2012 at 5:52 PM


Yvonne, Tom & family, My deepest sympathy to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the next few difficult days. He will be missed!!

Sandy Adams gave their condolences on 3/13/2012 at 11:15 PM


Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Lowry was a very nice man. He was my mother's boss when she worked at the Carnegie Center. He always welcomed our family and treated us with the utmost respect. My mother was Vera White and he had a special poetry reading in her honor after he death in 1994. I will never forget him. I am praying for your strength.

Felicia Cochran gave their condolences on 3/17/2012 at 3:19 AM


Yvonne and Family: Such a GREAT, kind hearted man. Tom will be sorely missed. I am sorry that I am not able to make the funeral, but, you will all be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.

Reed Bretz gave their condolences on 3/27/2012 at 6:42 AM


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Age 85

Date of Death March 8, 2012

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

Services will be at
11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Three Rivers. Family will
receive friends after the service in the parish hall. Private interment with military honors.
Hohner Funeral Home, Three Rivers, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary Notice

He was born May 15, 1926, in
Dubuque, IA to Emmet and Irene (Hilliard) Lowry. He married Yvonne Imogene (Bohne) in
1954. Tom was a lifelong teacher, enlightening students at Pershing Elementary, Berwyn,
IIL, Dundee Middle School, Dundee, IL, and Marcellus Elementary and Marcellus Middle
School, Marcellus, MI. He also was an adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. After retiring, he was the executive director
of Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Mich. (successfully leading the $750,000
capital fund-raiser that resulted in the creation of the Monroe Gallery and renovation of
the Carnegie Center). He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, proudly serving overseas
during World War II. He was extremely active in theater as an actor, singer, dancer,
makeup artist and director in many locations including Chicago, Jackson Hole, WY,
Kalamazoo and Three Rivers. Along with his wife and children, the Lowry family
entertained audiences in professional and semi-professional settings. Tom was adviser
for the Marcellus High School Honor Society, sponsor for the Marcellus Ski Club, was a
troop leader for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Marcellus, a counselor at Camp Eberhart,
and was involved with Sing Out Kalamazoo. He belonged to the Marcellus Rotary Club
and was a board member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He was responsible for
expanding the arts available in the Three Rivers community, bringing many artists, ballet
and symphony to the Carnegie Center. He started an arts program for fourth-graders. He
offered religious instruction including pre-Cana, CCD and Christian Family Movement in
the Chicago area. Lowry was named Three Rivers Citizen of the Year in 1998. Education
included a bachelors degree at DePaul University, Chicago, and a masters degree from
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne,
of the home; six children, Thomas Lowry Jr., Three Rivers, Raymond Lowry, Tucson, AZ,
Eva Yore (Michael), Western Springs, IL, Patrick Lowry (Jennifer), Hays, KS, Matthew
Lowry, St. Paul, MN, and Mark Lowry (Ellen), Cary, IL; ten grandchildren, Gabrielle and
Caitlin Yore, Sophia Lowry, Jacob and Erin Lowry, Jessica Hopkins and Alexandra Lowry,
Chris and Kelly Krueger and Candace Passig; seven great-grandchildren, Madison and
Gianna Hopkins, Phylicia Shoemaker, Sky and Kylie Krueger, and Steven and Daniel Krueger; and two great-great-grandchildren, Emma and Caleb Shoemaker. He is
preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Emmet, Robert, Quentin, Joseph and
Eugene Lowry; three sisters, Lorraine Lutz, Joan Beriger, and Virginia Martin; and two
daughters-in-law, Susan (Hotovy) Lowry, and Lynda (Jacobson) Lowry.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Memorial contributions may be made to the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers.



Condolence Messages(13)
Our deepest sympathy is offered to the Lowry family at this time of loss. Tom was a true gentleman.

Del & Susan Martin gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 8:23 AM


Tom, Yvonne, and Family, Our love and prayer's are with you at this time. Sheila, Cathy, Di, Hope, Sharon, and Karen.

Sheila Kuhbander gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 9:57 AM


Yvonne and family...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I cherish my memories of Tom and all of you, and continue to hold you in my heart. Tom lived a full life, and had many wonderful accomplishments.

Steve Mater gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 11:27 AM


Tom, We are so sorry to hear of your father's death. He was one-of-a-kind and a real treasure to our community. We both have so many memories, but of course I have the association we had at CCA, and the laughs (and tears) we shared over those years. He will be missed by so many, more than even you can imagine. God bless him. Sally

Chick & Sally Boeschenstein gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 12:53 PM


I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Thom made me laugh, think and a better person. He will be missed.

Michael Murphy gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 4:02 PM


There is a great saddness in the east with the passing of this most talented and kind man. Sending my love to you all - Sarah

Sarah Paola gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 5:03 PM


Yvonne, Tom, and family ...our thoughts, love and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your husband & father was a wonderfully gifted man who gave so much to the Three Rivers community. What a gift all of you have been to Three Rivers!

Allen and Julie Beal gave their condolences on 3/10/2012 at 6:43 PM


Mona from the Marcellus news told me of Tom's passing. I had a few memories to share with her. I remember Tom for being Eva's Dad - A guy who taught me the Virginia Reel and THE tenor in the Marcellus churches Choir. He was a blast to be around. We shared a few laughs and I enjoyed the musings of a loving couple, Tom and Yvonne. Tom lived life and Thanks for being a part of my life..

Al Churchill gave their condolences on 3/11/2012 at 11:00 PM


Dear Lowry Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time. Love, kathy

Kathleen Vogel gave their condolences on 3/12/2012 at 5:52 PM


Yvonne, Tom & family, My deepest sympathy to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the next few difficult days. He will be missed!!

Sandy Adams gave their condolences on 3/13/2012 at 11:15 PM


Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Lowry was a very nice man. He was my mother's boss when she worked at the Carnegie Center. He always welcomed our family and treated us with the utmost respect. My mother was Vera White and he had a special poetry reading in her honor after he death in 1994. I will never forget him. I am praying for your strength.

Felicia Cochran gave their condolences on 3/17/2012 at 3:19 AM


Yvonne and Family: Such a GREAT, kind hearted man. Tom will be sorely missed. I am sorry that I am not able to make the funeral, but, you will all be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.

Reed Bretz gave their condolences on 3/27/2012 at 6:42 AM


Provision of the knowledge and information is the need and requirement of the academics and such systems. The custom essay service knowledge is diverse and versatile the need of the system is taking human beings to a certain level and height. It is utmost and foremost.

true gave their condolences on 10/9/2015 at 5:15 AM