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Melvin Lowry

January 26, 1947 - May 8, 2013

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Melvin J. Lowry died following an accident cutting trees on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. He was born on the Lowry Century Farm January 26, 1947 the youngest of six children born to the late John Joseph Lowry and Lola Belle (Green) Lowry.
Mel and his wife, Becky Martin Lowry, were married April 18, 1969 and in 2004 moved to a new home on the family farm. She survives.
He was a lifetime resident of Hillsboro and a devoted Hillsboro Hawk fan and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1964. In addition he was a 20 year member of the Missouri National Guard and retired from Daimler Chrysler Corp in 2004 after 38 years of employment.
After retirement he co-owned STL Firewood, a firewood delivery business with his son, Scott Lowry. He was also a longtime cattle farmer in the Hillsboro area. In his spare time he was a very competitive pinochle and euchre player.
He held life membership at AMVETS Post 48, De Soto Elks Lodge 689, and George Sutton VFW Post 1831. He previously served as an alderman in the City of Hillsboro.
Surviving with his wife are four children: Barb Bibb, Mapaville; Andrea (Matt) Conley, St. Louis; Dustin M. (Stacey) Lowry, Valles Mines; and Scott (Laura) Lowry, Hillsboro; four sisters: Lillian Sims, Dixon; Doyne Wilson, Festus; Blanche Maness, Old Mines; and Bonnie (George) Thornton, Hillsboro; seven grandchildren, Kaden (Kelsey) Lowry, De Soto; Becca Vonder Haar, Mapaville; Wiley and Samantha Lowry, Valles Mines; Joseph and Zoey Lowry, Hillsboro; and Erika Mayer, Hillsboro; one great-grandchild: Bo Lowry, De Soto; two brothers-in-law, Charles (Vicki) Martin, Hillsboro and Lou (Janelle) Martin, Alpharetta, GA. Many nieces and nephews, great-neices and great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great-nephews, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his only brother and sister-in-law, Garland and Alice Lowry; brothers-in-law, Tom Mirgain, Mel Sims, Charles Wilson, and Johnnie Maness; two nieces, Cheryl and Terry Lowry; and a nephew, Bill Bourbon.
Serving as pall bearers are three nephews, Raymond, John and Jake Bourbon; military friend, John Crochunis, and high school friends, John Davis and Bob Gartner.
Memorial Donations may be made to the USO of Missouri, Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 10367, 10701 Lamber International Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63145 or Hillsboro R-III Public Schools Foundation, 2 Hawk Dr. Hillsboro, MO 63050.