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John R. Lowery

LITTLE FALLS — John R. Lowery, 88 year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Little Falls, Minn. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, Minn.

John R. Lowery, 88, beloved father, husband and grandfather died on Sept. 30, 2011, in Little Falls, Minn. He was born in Austin, Minn., on Jan. 24, 1923. John is preceded in death by parents, Archibald and Cecelia Lowery, and brother, Phillip Lowery.  

John is survived by his wife, of 62 years Virginia H. Lowery; his children, John (Terri), Peter (Lori), Leslie Valesano (Robert), Robin Klosowski (Larry) and B.Susanne Fitzsimmons (Dana). Also surviving him are 11 grandchildren, Emma Fitzsimmons, Meagan and Jeb Lowery, Joshua and Zachary Klosowski, Johnathan and Michael Valesano, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Rachel and Aidan Lowery.  

After graduating high school at Hyattsville, Md., in 1941, John attended the Universities of Kentucky and Maryland. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served the duration of the war stationed in Italy in a communications unit. After returning home to Minnesota, where his parents were living, he attended the University of Minnesota and on May 8 1949, he and his high school sweetheart, Virginia Howard, were married at the Macalester Presbyterian Church in St Paul. After their marriage they returned to Hyattsville where he was employed in the dairy industry.  Returning to Minnesota in the mid 1950s, John accepted a position with the Central Livestock Association as sales representative for the Central Minnesota region. It was then he and Virginia settled on the banks of the Mississippi to raise their family at the end of a road that later became Lowery Drive. John retired from Central Livestock after 22 years of service to the company. John loved the outdoors, especially being out in his yard and fishing. He took great pride in caring for his family and home.