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.