Lowell "Joe" Newberry, loving husband, father, leader and World War II veteran, took his last breath on October 27, 2013, and left the world a better place. He died peacefully at the age of 91 after a long battle with lymphoma. His life was one of perpetual achievement and commitment to his family, work and community. Born in New Boston, Ohio, he was a star in three sports in high school and invited to try out as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also excelled in three sports as a freshman at Wilmington College. He joined the Air Force during World War II, went through Officer's Candidate School and rose to the rank of Major. He married Joye Adams Newberry, his high school sweetheart, after the war and moved to Hamilton, Ohio, where they raised three sons - Jeff, Steve and Greg. He received his law degree from Salmon P. Chase while working for the General Electric Aircraft Engine Group, where he spent his 50-year career. Although his executive position as Manager of Overseas Contracts took him around the world, he never missed one of his sons' ball games, practices or scout and school meetings. As a community leader in Hamilton, he pushed for the development of Joyce Park as a sports facility. He founded the George Washington Booster Organization and spearheaded the development of the school's athletic program by building a new baseball diamond, purchasing electronic scoreboards and team uniforms. He was a scout master and president of the Lindenwald Little League and Babe Ruth organizations where he also coached. His loving wife, Joye Newberry, passed away shortly after he retired from General Electric. He moved from Blue Ash to his "dream home" on the banks of the Ohio River in Wheelersburg, Ohio where he was joined by Susan King of Crockett, Texas. He spent his retirement watching river barges, tending his garden, mowing his grass, reading and watching college football. He was a frequent, straight-shooting contributor to the Portsmouth Times opinion page. He is survived by his three sons, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a legacy of respect and integrity as a good man.
He will be buried at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 31, at a gravesite ceremony at Rest Haven Cemetery in Blue Ash, Ohio. Memorial donations can be made to Save the Animals Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Information available at Strawser Funeral Home: 513-791-7203.