Remembering Our Pard


John P. Lowry, 63, of Denver, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Hershey Medical Center. He was born in Lancaster County to the late Dean and Joanna W. (Bigler) Lowry and was the loving husband and best friend of Sherry (Swarmer) Lowry, with whom he shared 15 years of companionship and 10 years of marriage.

John was a loving and involved husband, father and grandfather who instilled a love of life, learning and hard work in his children and grandchildren. He was a history buff and a Civil War re-enactor with the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company C. He was a musician, playing bass guitar and piano, a handyman, and enjoyed traveling, riverboat cruises, and spending time with his family. John’s smile, sense of humor and compassion will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

John was a 1971 graduate of Hempfield H.S. He was a letter carrier with the USPS in the Ephrata area, having retired after 30 years of service. He was most recently a delivery person for the West Side Radiator Shop in Stevens.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Deborah Feirick; a daughter, Rebecca Ann, wife of David Watson of Ephrata, a son, John Robert Lowry and partner Stephanie Miller of Greensburg; 3 step-children, Andrew Krick, Melanie Baffuto and Austin Krick, all of Denver; 10 grandchildren, Lily, Quinn, Julian, Nolan, Trayton, Julia, Xavier, Gabriel, Faith, and Carson; 2 brothers, Thomas D., husband of Elizabeth (Fink) Lowry of Lancaster, and Charles, husband of Tracy Bronk of Vermont.

John will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

*Clubs are Trump*

Watercolor by Jeff Marks of John Lowry

Watercolor by Jeff Marks of John Lowry

4 thoughts on “Remembering Our Pard

  1. My great great great grandfather was a member of company I 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry.

    I have a photo of him in his uniform, and a photo of his gravestone.

    I’d like to find out more about his company/brigade, and his service record.

    • Hi David:
      Do you know if he survived the war? If so, do you know where he lived and what he did for a living after the war?

      • I happened to come upon this site by chance when checking if the NR was still in existence in regards to a film project i’m Doing the storyboards for.
        I was a member of the original Company C 53PVI beginning back in the early 80’s and remained active with the unit until the mid 90’s.
        I knew John Lowry well and attended many an event with him and other members of company C. It’s with great sorrow to read of his passing.

        • Hi Bot:
          Yes the NR and the 53rd PVI, Co C are still alive and kicking. Yes, it was very say to lose John. We all miss him. We just had a big event this past weekend at Shenandoah ’64 in VA. Incidentally, the unit is celebrating its 40th anniversary at this January’s annual dinner. Can I forward your info to Pete Zinkus (our VP) include you with an invite? All past 53rd PVI members are going to be invited but we don’t have everyone’s contact info. Thanks. Matt Steger, Corporal and Treasurer and webmaster and newsletter editor

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