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Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

Marvin Ray Lowry, 88, of Newtown, Mo. departed this life on Oct. 16, 2013 at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany, Mo.
Marvin was born at the family home east of Newtown on Sept. 16, 1925, the son of Ray and Alma (Cooley) Lowry.  He received his education at the Center Point and Filmore rural schools and graduated from the Newtown High School in 1943.
On Aug. 20, 1949, Marvin was united in marriage to Wanda Lea who survives at the home.  He is also survived by 3 sons; Wayne Lowry and wife June of Raymore, Mo., Leonard Elwood Lowry of Macon, Mo, and Joe Lowry and wife Janet of Centralia, Mo., and a daughter; Donna Defreitas and husband Jake of Moberly, Mo. He is also survived by five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law Margaret Hackney and husband Carroll of Unionville, Mo. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a very special young man who was considered “like a son,” Robbie Valentine of Powersville, Mo.
In addition to his parents, Marvin was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Emmanuel and Myrtle Lea, infant brother, Thurman, his sisters; Marjorie Lowry, Louise Pickett, Evelyn Duncan, and Patty Stoutz, and brothers-in-law; Francis Pickett, Max Duncan, Lee Stoutz, Carroll and Mary Lea, and Dean and Gladys Lea. Marvin farmed all his life except for time served in the Navy.  Marvin and Wanda moved to their farm home after they were married where they shared 64 years together.  He loved farming, especially cattle.  On Oct. 17, 1952 he lost his left hand in a corn picker accident, but never let it stop him from doing the things he enjoyed.
Many said Marvin did more work with one hand than a lot of men with two.
Marvin was a caring and considerate neighbor who willingly serving his community.
Marvin accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and was an active member of the Lucerne Christian Church where he had served as an elder and Sunday School Superintendent for several years. Marvin touched many lives and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Marvin’s funeral service was lead by Pastor Doug Fairley on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013; 2 p.m. at the Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home. Marvin’s visitation was between the hours of 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.  Interment followed at the Lucerne Cemetery.
Alan and Julie Stoutz, of Vandalia, were able to attend.