CSM William R. “Bill” Lowe, Jr., 78, of Louisa, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Bill was born November 19, 1931 in Waynesboro, PA to William R. Lowe, Sr. and Mary Weaver Lowe. He was a Master Mason in the Mt. Herman Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 179, Hyattsville, Maryland.
CSM Lowe retired from the Army after over 20 years of service. He was stationed in Korea during the North’s initial invasion in 1950 and for a total of 42 months. He also served two tours in Vietnam with the Special Forces. He was awarded our Nation’s highest medal for heroism in peacetime. He charged a burning helicopter placing his life in jeopardy and rescued the crew. Following the Korean War he worked military security for three presidents and was honored to escort the widow of General Douglas MacArthur for the 100th anniversary of his birth to the celebration. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge twice and master parachutist airborne wings. His decorations include the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star for Valor, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, 5 awards, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal with bronze star, Korean Service Medal with 5 stars, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and his unit citations include the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation. Bill also received the Congressional Veterans Commendation.
Bill Lowe lived a full life after his military retirement; serving as Chief and town SGT. of the Mineral Police Dept.; investigator for State of Virginia Tax Dept.; was a partner in a restaurant in Norfolk, VA; two years with Louisa Sheriff’s Office and eleven years with town of Louisa Police Dept. He later enjoyed sailing and living in the Caribbean aboard his sailboat “BAREFOOTIN”
Bill is survived by his six children, William Edward “Bill” Lowe and wife Debbie of Glen Allen, VA, Linda Lowe of Ventura, CA, Donald A. Lowe and wife Teresa of Louisa, VA, Mary E. Johnson of Louisa, VA, John William Lowe currently stationed at Fort Knox U.S. Army Base, and Jason Everett Lowe of Louisa, VA, 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Lowe Wilson, Dustin Avery Lowe, Amy Elizabeth Lowe, Nicholas “Nick” R. Lowe, Leia Rollag, Sara E. Talley, Brandon R. Johnson, Stephanie R. Gordon, Rebecca F. Johnson, Brett L. Johnson, Alexis Ann Lowe and Tyler Everett Lowe, 3 great-grandchildren, McKenzie Lee Wilson and Maddie Grace Wilson and Kaylee Nuckols; 2 sisters, June Reed and Nancy George both of Chattanooga, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Dan Lowe.Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 22, 2010 at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa, VA 23093. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at New Life Community Church, 509 E. Main St., Louisa, VA 23093, with the Rev. Josh Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Mineral, VA. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to Families of theWounded Fund, Inc. c/o Village Bank P.O. Box330
Midlothian, VA 23113 or online www.familiesofthewoundedfund.org.