Egbert W. Lowe

Obituary
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LOWE, Jr., Egbert W. Egbert Wiley Lower Jr, "Bert" to family and friends, passed away peacefully Sunday June 29, 2014 in Sacramento, CA. He was 85. Born in Providence, RI he was the oldest of three children. His early childhood saw him witnessed the Hindenburg float overhead a week before its fateful day and the devastation of the 1938 Great NE Hurricane. He worked the family farm, was a paperboy, and pumped gas while growing up. Bert graduated from Cranston HS, with a brief stay at Brown University before enlisting in the Army. Noteworthy of his first tour of duty was his participation in the Berlin airlift. Bert left the Army in 1949 to study photography in LA. It wasn't long before the Korean War brought a recall from the Air Force. A few years later while stationed in Japan, Bert fell in love and remained contented over 59 years of which he wrote "getting married to my soul mate Tazuko has enriched my life and made me a better person". He faithfully served in the USAF until his retirement in 1975. His military career brought assignments all over the world: United States, Europe, and the Far East. He led his family on wonderful vacations, exploring sites throughout each locale. As a pen pal to a grandson he related how raising a family allowed him to grow and share his thoughts and beliefs with his children and then later becoming a grandparent, was his crowning achievement. His success evidenced by this grandson's sentiments; "Grandpa, I cherish all my fond memories of you and I will always hold them and you close to my heart. Thank you for being a part of my life" Bert delighted in reading, history, and baseball. Always in good physical condition, he was an avid cyclist relishing endurance rides well into his 60's. Bert is survived by his wife Tazuko; sons David, Thomas, Jaime; his sister Pat, and brother Bill. He is also survived by five grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
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