VeteranJohn Lowe

John W. Lowe, 84, of Canton died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

He was born May 17, 1918, in Annawan, a son of John W. Sr. and Florence Grubb Lowe. He married Verna Myers on March 2, 1947. He later married Karen Meins on June 28, 1968. She died April 28, 1996. He married Beverly Conrad Tovrea on April 10, 1999. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael (and Patricia) of East Peoria, Edward (and Renee) of Canton, Phillip (and Kary) of Irving, Texas, and James of Farmington; four stepsons, Rick Tovrea of Marseilles, Kerry (and Linda) Tovrea of Sandwich, Terry (and Judy) Tovrea of Serena and Mike (and Karen) Tovrea of Vermont; two daughters, Marcia (and Gerald) Pauley of East Peoria and Martha (and Abijah) Sherwood of Princeton; 11 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 11 step- greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

A carpenter all his life, he was a member of Canton Carpenters Union and later transferred to the Pekin Carpenters Union.

He also taught in the literacy program at Spoon River College for many years.

He was a member of South Park United Methodist Church in Canton since 1946 and helped rebuild the church after a fire in 1948 and again in 1992. He also served as a Sunday school teacher for many years, financial secretary, lay leader and trustee. He was a member of the pastor/parish committee and sang in the church choir.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held Saturday at his church with Rev. Rusty Beals and Rev. Rick Atchley officiating. Burial of ashes was in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, where military rites were accorded. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/12/2003

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