Thursday, September 8, 2016

Obituary: Reed D. Lowrey, 91, Alfred Station

Reed D. Lowrey, 91, of Waterwells Rd., passed away Tuesday (September 6, 2016) at his cottage on Keuka Lake.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 8, 1925 to Dr. H. Evans D. Lowrey and Gladys (Reed) Lowrey, he grew up in Canada, which was his father’s homeland. Reed was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then transferring into the U.S. Air Force. He met his wife while they were both in the Canadian Air Force and on November 26, 1945 he married A. Patricia Cooper. After they both graduated from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., they became teachers. Reed taught English at Greenwood C.S. and then became a Driver Education teacher for Steuben BOCES. He went to work at Alfred Ag. & Tech as an Admissions Counselor in 1965 and ended his career in 1981 as Director of Continuing Education. Along the way, he also earned a Master’s Degree from Alfred University.
While in Greenwood he directed school plays, was yearbook advisor, and even drove a busload of seniors to Washington for their Senior Trip. He also volunteered as a Boy Scout leader. He loved to hunt, fish, and shoot (target and trap) all his life. He was a member of the Alfred Rod and Gun Club. In retirement he and his wife Pat traveled extensively, seeing more than 56 countries. He also enjoyed reading everything from the classics to spy novels.

Reed was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Lowrey, and his sister, Gail Clark, and brother in law, Barry Clark. He is survived by a daughter, Kim (Adelbert “JR”) Gayhart of Alfred, a son Reed D. Lowrey Jr. of Key West and Greenwood, four grandchildren; Peter (Corrine) Lowrey, Britt (Tom) Price, Adam Gayhart, and Lindsay Gayhart, seven great grandchildren; Paige, Dylan, Joshua, Noah, and Benjamin Price, Sonya (James) Hoaglin, and Mara Lowrey, and three great-great grandchildren; Corbin and Tanner Lowrey-Baker and Dominic Hoaglin.
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The family will be present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the Bender-Brown and Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell. Funeral/Memorial Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday at 3 p.m. with Rev. Stephen Crowell officiating. Burial will be in the Alfred Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be considered for the Alfred Station Volunteer Ambulance Company, Alfred United Methodist Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.