Ronald E. Lowe went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the evening of July 31, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Helena, Montana. His family was present at his side.
He was born on October 25, 1947 in Chariton, Iowa to Max and Margaret Lowe. He grew up with his family in Iowa before joining the military.
He served in the United States Navy from 1967 - 1973 as a Hospital Man 3rd Class. During his years with the Navy, he was attached to the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Corpsman with the 3rd Recon Battalion, 3rd Marine Division in South Vietnam. He accompanied his team on long range patrols, where he medically treated the wounded, which earned him the nickname "Doc Lowe". He was awarded various medals for service to his country including: the Purple Heart Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Valor.
He met his sweetheart, Yvonne, in 1970 while stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA and shortly after that they were married. After his discharge from the Navy, they made their home in Iowa, where their sons and daughter were born. Over the course of their life together they moved back to California before settling in Montana in 2005.
Ron used his experience from the Navy to serve as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance from 1974 to 1978 in Iowa. He was such a generous person and would help anyone in need. His last wish was to donate his corneas to the SightLife Eye Bank to help a stranger one last time.
Mr. Lowe is survived by his wife of 44 years, Yvonne; sons: Jason and Tim; daughter, Janie Smalley; 4 grandchildren: Leia, Alexander, Gabrielle, & Rowan; his mother, Margaret; his siblings and their families: brothers: Roger and Dean; and sister, Jean Odom.
He was preceded in death by his father, Max; and his sister, Marilyn Dunkel.
The family we receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6th at Retz Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7th at Retz Funeral Home, 315 E. 6th Avenue. Burial with Military Honors will follow the service at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. A reception will follow the graveside service at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home Social Hall, 3750 N. Montana Avenue. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ron.
Retz Funeral Home - Helena
315 E. 6th Ave Helena, MT 59601
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 6, 2014