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.