Ralph B. LoweAugust 23,2013
Ralph B. Lowe
Ralph B. Lowe
WATERBURY — Ralph B. Lowe, 77, of Blush Hill Road, passed away at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, 2013. Born in Waterbury on July 10, 1936, he was the son of the late William E. and Ella (Rogers) Lowe. On Jan. 19, 1963, he married the former Barbara M. Sweetser in Waterbury. Barbara passed away on Aug. 11, 2002. Ralph married the former Joyce M. Wood in Waterbury on Oct. 21, 2002.
Ralph attended Waterbury High School and then enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Waterbury to go to work for several years on his brother Raphael’s dairy farm on Blush Hill. With a desire to own his own farm, Ralph purchased the Dick Fiddock Farm in Berlin, which he operated for many years. Ralph later was employed in farm equipment sales, first working at Twin City Equipment in Montpelier, later for Martin’s Ford Tractor in Brookfield, and then retired from Moote Woodturnings (now known as Black Bear Wood Products) in Northfield Falls.
Ralph’s memberships included the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post 59 in Waterbury, the Waterbury Center Community Church, the Waterbury Area Senior Center and Waterbury Grange 237.
Ralph’s family fondly remembers the joy he experienced fishing, doing carpentry work and all the things he created in woodworking, his competitive spirit when it came to playing cards, cribbage, checkers, horseshoes and bowling, but most of all, Ralph’s reciprocated love for his family and their time spent together.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Joyce Wood-Lowe, of Waterbury; his children, Patty Ryan and her husband, Robert, of Barre, Mary Kelley and her husband, Robert, of Berlin, Randy Lowe, of Woodbury, William Lowe, of Cabot, and Robert Lowe and his wife, Veronica, of Washington; his stepchildren, Marilyn Hughes, of Stuarts Draft, Va., Nancy Corey and her husband, Dan, of Waterbury, Roger Lowe and his fiancée, Jennifer Blacklock, of Waterbury, and Glen Lowe, of Middlesex; 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Maybeth Butler, and her husband, Allen, of East Montpelier; three brothers, Raphael Lowe and his wife, Joyce, of Waterbury, Wendell Lowe and his wife, Jennie, of Waterbury, and Gordon Lowe and his wife, Natalie, of Randolph; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Ralph was predeceased by a grandson, Alex Lowe.
Funeral services will be held from the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury on Aug. 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Aug. 30, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will take place in Hope Cemetery, Waterbury, with military honors.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated to the White River Junction VA Medical Center, 215 N. Main St., White River Junction, VT 05009, Attn: Voluntary Service (in memory of Ralph Lowe). To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
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