Obituary of Richard E. Lowry
Richard E. Lowry, 84, lifelong resident of Francesville, IN passed away at home on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 following a 6 month illness. He was born on July 5, 1937 in Francesville to the late Donald H. and Alice Catherine [Bayless] Lowry and was raised on the family farm in rural Salem Township. Richard graduated from Francesville High School in 1956. On January 13, 1957, he married Martha Lou Jones in Francesville. In 1972, they moved to the current farmstead in rural Beaver Township. Richard was a member of Francesville First Christian Church, where he served as a deacon for several years.
Richard served in the Indiana National Guard from 1956-1962. He worked at Francesville Tile Co. and Ward Stone Co. until becoming a self-employed truck driver delivering MoorMan’s Livestock feed, retiring after 29 years.
Richard enjoyed attending tractor shows and talking with fellow collectors of Minneapolis Moline tractors, especially the Prairie Gold Rush Club. He had collected 100 tractors and loved showing them. He had several tractors that were photographed for calendars and magazines as well as being showcased on RFDTV. People recognized Richard everywhere as “Mr. Moline”.
Richard loved farming and tilling the soil.
He is survived by:
Martha Lou [Jones] Lowry, Francesville, IN Wife
Larry (Maria) Lowry, Lakeville, MN Son
Pamela (Richard) Kurtz, Centerville, OH Daughter
David Lowry, Oswego, IL Son
Diana (Walt) Hanselman, Daughter-in-law
9 Grandchildren: Sara, Alisha, Brett, Bradley, Steve, Brian, Catie, Adam, and Erin
6 Great Grandchildren
Donna (Richard) Wen, New Brighton, MN Sister
Mary (Eldon) Everidge, Indianapolis, IN Sister
Carol Lowry, Francesville, IN Sister-in-law
Dianna Lowry, Lebanon, IN Sister-in-law
Harold (Lois) Jones, Leesburg, IN Brother-in-law
Many Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by:
Donald H. and Alice Catherine [Bayless] Lowry, Parents
Terry E. Lowry, Son
Kenneth (Phyllis) Lowry, Brother
Dean Lowry, Brother
Paul Lowry, Brother
James (Donna) Lowry, Brother
3 Infant Sisters
Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EDT Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM EDT Monday, May 23, 2022 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN with Pastor James Ketchen officiating.
Private Burial with Military Honors will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, IN.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Francesville First Christian Church.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, IN.
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