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Richard Lee ‘Dick’ Lowdon

By From page A4 | July 07, 2013

Lowden

Feb. 11, 1931 — June 29, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Lee (Dick) Lowdon announce his passing at the age of 82 at David Grant Medical Center Travis AFB, Calif.

He was born in Brownsville, Pa. to Richard and M. Priscilla Lowdon. When he was six months old his family returned to his father’s homeland and he was raised in Seaton Burn, Newcastle, England. His first career was as a machinist apprentice then he joined the British Merchant Marines as a machinist where he traveled the world. He then returned to America joining the Air Force at the age of 21. In 1958, he met and married Mary Jane Wilkison of Canton, Ill. They had five children they raised all over the world and settled in Vacaville, Calif., in 1973. When he retired as a master sergeant, he went on to work at Mare Island and worked as a shop 38 machinist then instructor. His next career was as an AmVets Service Officer and assisted veterans. At the time of his death, he was still volunteering with Am Vets. He was very proud that he was a Mason and Shriner achieved many high honors. He was also in several veterans groups including being a founding member of the Brotherhood of Vietnam Vets.

He leaves to mourn him his beloved wife and traveling partner, Julia; his brother, Caley Lowdon; his children, Priscilla (John) Best, Richard Lowdon Jr, Vernon (Tammy) Lowdon, Laura Chapman (Leif) and Sarah Lowdon (George); his grandchildren, Charles (Jill) Best, Nathan (Shannon) Thompson, Anthony (Byanka) Best, Kimberly (Brian) Moore, Caitlin Chapman, Angelica Navarro, Ashley Lowdon and Nicholas Lowdon; his great-grandchildren, Julia Lowdon (who is following his footsteps into the Air Force) Patrick Zapeda, Gracie Best, Delaney Best, Lilah Best, Brielle Thompson and Abigail Best; life long friends and his other kids, Jim Clark, Debbie Thompson, Vicky Russell and Dawn Valdez; and many in-laws and nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by is loving wife, Janie Lowdon; and his parents, Richard and M. Priscilla Lowdon.

He will be remembered for his kind, loving nature. He would give his last dime if he thought you needed it even to a stranger. He loved a good joke and to laugh even when he shouldn’t. He was loved.

His visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Bryan-Braker Mortuary, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. His funeral will follow at 2 p.m. A reception at the Masonic temple in Fairfield will follow. He will be inurned at the Sacramento Valley Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. on July 16, 2013. He would wish for any donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children.

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  • Ruth Heimberger JonesJuly 07, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Mr. Lowden helped my father obtain his VA disability in the early 80's. I remember him as being a kind, patient man who went extra mile in helping my family. When my father passed away, Mr. Lowden was there again to help me and my Mother figure things out. I am sure he helped many more families in their times of need. My condolences to his family.

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  • James E ClarkJuly 07, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    I met Dick Lowdon when I was 8 years old. He was my father's best friend. As such, he became a second father to me. He was an incredible role model. He always treated me as one of his own sons, even after my own father passed away. I'll miss Dick Lowdon very much. He was a unique and amazing man!

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  • Lloyd TincherJuly 07, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    I had limited contact with Dick on VA matters but recognized right away he cared about those he dealt with and did everything in his power to swiftly & accurately get the job done. That was 6 or 8 years ago but I've always remembered this kind gentleman and have recommended to others going to the VA to see Dick if at all possible. God rest his soul and condolences to his family.

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  • Merry (Wilkinson) JohnstonJuly 09, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful obituary on my Uncle, Dick Lowden. He was an incredible person and will be sorrily missed by the entire Wilkinson Family. It would be an understatement to say that you had to know him to realize what an unbelievably warm, caring, sharing and intelligent of a person he was. He always gave his best and always was there for his family. I know he is reunited with the love of his life, my Aunt Janie, and that does give me comfort at this trying time. He will be greatly missed by the Wilkinson Family. All our love and prayers to the family as well as his many friends and the Veterans whose lives he touched. I personally feel lucky to have been able to have him as my Uncle Dick. Special prayers to Julia who has been a wonderful partner and wife. Love, Merry (Wilkinson) and Joseph Johnston Dolores Wilkinson & Family

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