Obituary: Robert Eugene Lowe

Robert Eugene Lowe, age 84 of Edgerton, Kansas passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at his home. Memorial services will be 7PM, Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Wilson’s Funeral Home in Wellsville with visitation one hour prior at 6PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in care of Wilson’s, PO Box 486, Wellsville, KS 66092. Robert Eugene Lowe was born March 4, 1934 in KCMO, the son Eugene and Lela (Moore) Lowe. He was the oldest of 12 children, growing up in Stanley, Kansas and graduating from Stanley Rural High School in 1953.

On August 16, 1953, he married Patricia Laruth Gross at the Stanley Community Methodist Church. They were married 65 years before his passing. She survives at the home. Bob joined the United States Air Force in March of 1954. He served 4 years and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his military service, Bob attended Pittsburg State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He later earned his Master’s Degree in School Psychology from PSU, working for the Lawrence , Kansas school district for 38 years. He retired in 1996.

Bob was an elder in the Community of Christ Church for many years. His interests over the years included raising goats and chickens, gardening, travelling, singing, acting, camping and boating and attending the activities and sporting events of his children and grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife of the home; son, Patrick Lowe of Edgerton; daughter, Robbyn (Jeff) Van Horn of Baldwin City; daughter, Tamara (Jeff) Canterbury of Baldwin City; brothers, Larry (Judy) Lowe of Sawuache, CO; Ronnie Lowe of Olathe; Dannie (Carmelle) Lowe of Edgerton; sisters, Margaret (Bill) Brumbaugh of Olathe; Suellyn (John) Stone of Belton, MO; Deanna (Kenny) Dornes of Waverly; Cheryl (Ron) Swisher of Salem, OR; Gina Hill of Lawrence; 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Bill, Jimmy and David.

Former Baldwin Rec Director Wife Killed in Accident

Saturday evening word started circulating that a tragedy had occurred in the family of Steve Friend.  Friend retired earlier this year as director of the Baldwin City Recreation department.  Upon retiring, he and his wife moved to Arizona.

Upon hearing of the accident, I reached out to Friend, his wife did pass away this morning (December 8, 2018)  from her injuries  that she sustained in the accident on December 6.

According to Friend,

Unfortunately, my wife was struck by a car in a parking lot in Queen Creek AZ on Thursday, Dec 6. The impact caused her to hit her head on the pavement which caused massive injuries to her brain and brain stem with no hope for recovery. She passed away on Dec 8 at 10:03 am. She was my best friend, a super mother to 4 boys, 1 niece, and 2 grandchildren, a devoted sister to 3 brothers and 1 sister. In addition, she had many friends. There will be a memorial service in Burlington on Saturday, December 22 with visitation at 10 am and the service starting at 11 am at the Christian Church. She was 65 (6/10/53) and we were married 36 years.

The Gazette offers our deepest sympathies to the Friend family.