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Robert Hugh Lowe

1924 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Robert Hugh Lowe Obituary
ROBERT HUGH LOWE passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of Dec. 22, 2015 at the Manchester Board and Care home in San Jacinto, CA. He was born Sept. 13, 1924 in Oakland, CA. His entire life was dedicated to service to others, He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 14 and about two weeks following Pearl Harbor at the age of 17 he enlisted in the merchant marines in which he sailed much of the world. One of his ships was torpedoed in the South Atlantic. Most of its crew were killed but Bob and approximately 30 others survived drifting in a life raft in enemy waters for five days. They were rescued by a British war ship and transferred to Mountbatten British Hospital in Africa. There Mr. Lowe under went several surgeries during a period of two months just barely saving his leg. After another month of recovery he returned to active duty and bravely served until the end of World War 2. During the war he served on seven different vessels, received six medals and a presidential testimonial letter. After the war he served as a volunteer for 30 years with the Red Cross and several years delivering food to the sick and elderly on behalf of the Lions Club. He also served as head of a search and rescue team out of the Riverside Raceway for nine years. During his years of service he was rewarded with no less than 12 citations and plaques honoring him for volunteer service by several community organizations. He is survived by 3 daughters: Joanne Hattan, Elizabeth Pascrell, Diane Schwarz; one son, Robert Daniel Lowe; and a step daughter, Lorraine Maguire. Also, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A brief memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 26 at 11am at the Valley Community Church on the corner of Kirby and Esplanade in Hemet. Interment of his ashes will be private at the Riverside National Cemetery. Rev. Gordon Jones, officiating.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 24, 2015
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