Ronald B. Lowthian|
Born August 23, 1928 ~
Died March 13, 2013
Ron was born in Seattle at Swedish Hospital and grew up in West Seattle. He attended Lafayette Grade School, James Madison Junior High School and West Seattle High School, graduating in 1946.
During this period Ron was very active in Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 285. He particularly enjoyed attending Camp Parsons on Hood Canal where he was on the staff in 1945 and was exposed to backpacking and mountaineering in the Olympics. He joined the Mountaineers taking their climbing courses and REI having a low membership number of 665.
Following high school Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 2 years and during most of that time was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. After being discharged from the service he settled in Tacoma where he was employed by Brown and Haley.
Returning to the family home, Ron attended Seattle University graduating on June 1, 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Next he went to work for Crescent Manufacturing Company as a food technologist.
Ron was very proud of his Scottish heritage on both sides of his family. He had life memberships in the National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
Ron was always interested in history and Christianity. He studied the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses and was baptized on December 5, 1987. He was a wonderful supporter of the West Seattle congregation. He took on whatever job he could in supporting his faith and friends. In regard to his sharing his faith in God's Kingdom Ron traveled to seldom worked areas in Utah to preach. Ron also was part of a few that set up a booth of Bible literature at the South Seattle Community College. He enjoyed that ministry very much.
His wonderful sense of humor endured him to all who knew him. Ron was an all around nice guy, a good friend and a good brother.
Ron is survived by his brother Kenneth Lowthian, three cousins in Canada and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:00PM at the West Seattle Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 4409 SW College Street. Memorial donations are suggested to Jehovah's Witnesses, The Kenney Foundation, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136, or the Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103-9841.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 17, 2013