Donald R. Lowe


Donald R. Lowe, 96, of Terre Haute passed away early Saturday morning, August 10, 2019 in Union Hospital. He was a retired Railroad Engineer having worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Railroad and Conrail. Donald was born January 28, 1923 in Trenton, NJ to Gus G. Lowe and Eva Mae Lowe. His wife, Mary Ellen, preceded him in death in 2013.
Survivors include his two children and their spouses, Rebecca and Frank Steele of Terre Haute and Thomas and Dianne Lowe of Crawfordsville, IN; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Lowe of Crawfordsville, IN; and seven grandchildren, Kristi Sowder (Mike), Elizabeth Knestrick (Nathan), Jason Lowe, Mary Benge (Steven), Michael Steele, Gregory Steele (Ashalynn) and Thomas Steele. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren, Megan Sowder, Kaylie Sowder, Madelyn Sowder, Kaden Sowder, Vivian Knestrick, Cecelia Knestrick, Bennett Benge and Caiden Steele; a niece, Barbara Kraus; and a nephew, David Lowe (Christine). In addition to his parents and his wife, Donald was also preceded in death by a son, Gregory Lowe; and a brother, Granville C. Lowe.
Donald was graduate of Wiley High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Retired Railroaders and Brotherhood of Railroad Engineers. Don loved being outdoors working around the house and in the yard, and taking care of his beloved cat, Egbert.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 17, 2019 with visitation from 10:00-11:00 A.M. in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 215 North 7th Street, with The Reverend Drew Downs officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 South 25th Street. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 215 North 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807. Funeral information and memorial tributes may be found at:
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Published on August 13, 2019
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Laura Foster Shoemaker
Aug 17, 2019
Don was an amazing man! I have fond memories of living across the alley while growing up!! You and Mary Ellen are together again! Hug my mama too please!! RIP Fon!@
Michelle Hudson-Corwin
Aug 16, 2019
I am the grand-daughter of Pete and Francis Shull, Mary Kay’s daughter. I remember Don from a very young age. He was so kind. When my son came to visit, Don always played cars with him and gave him a car to take home. Don was truly one of a kind a special sole and will be missed. Our thoughts our with the whole family. You will carry him in your heart forever!
Aug 16, 2019
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Emily Stapp
Aug 14, 2019
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Lynn Higashimura
Aug 14, 2019
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Aug 14, 2019
My Dad was the sweetest kindest man I have ever known. I am the luckiest girl in the world because I know that I really did have the best Daddy ever. I thought he would live forever. I will miss him terribly.
Mary Kay Shull
Aug 14, 2019
Don was my neighbor for sixty years. He was one of the most caring and helpful men I have ever known. Although I have moved to a different city he and I would visit when we could. I will miss him so much. Love to his family.