|By Peter L. Comras (Peter_comras) on Friday, December 05, 2014 - 01:33 pm: Edit|
Thanks for the poop from the group re Colonel "Pat."
Pat will be missed for all his work both in the US Army and after, especially with the RMPOA!
Rest in Peace Colonel Pat--you certainly deserve it!
Although I never met you Peggy, my sincerest sympathies for your loss,
|By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Friday, December 05, 2014 - 10:44 am: Edit|
Colonel (Retired) Patrick Richard Lowrey, of Falls Church, VA, died November 23, 2014 from colon cancer, while residing in the rehabilitation unit of the Greenspring Retirement Village located in Springfield, VA. He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret “Peggy” Lowrey, spouse of 62 years, his daughters Paula Dierkes (husband Charlie), Pam Curry (husband Bob), and son Rick Lowrey (wife Lisa). Pat was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, who enjoyed spending time with their devoted grandpa.
Pat was born in Sharon, PA on August 29, 1932, the eldest son of Italian immigrant parents, Tony & Louise Lauriti (Lowry). After high school, Pat “found a million dollar baby in a five and ten cent store” as his wife Peggy fondly recalls, having met one another at the G.C. Murphy’s. In 1952, Pat was drafted into the US Army, was selected for and successfully graduated as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery from the US Army’s Officer Candidate School, and served in that branch as a Master Parachutist for eight years. He then branch transferred into the Military Police Corps to continue his Army career in law enforcement. His most significant assignments included the position of Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel (G-1) in the 25th Infantry Division in Chu Chi, Vietnam; Commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, also in Vietnam; Director of the US Army Military Police School at Fort McClellan, Alabama; and Chief Army Law Enforcement in the Pentagon. Pat completed his successful 26 year Army career in 1979 with the award of the Army's Distinguished Service Medal. Subsequently, in recognition of his active duty service he was enrolled in both the Artillery and Military Police Corps Halls of Fame. Pat went on to have a successful post Army career as an entrepreneurial CEO establishing several successful management consulting endeavors. Never venturing too far from the Army he loved, Pat established the Retired Military Police Officers Association (RMPOA) Digest and was active in the RMPOA community.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday December 4, 2014 between the hours of 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Murphy’s Funeral Home, 1102 W Broad St Falls Church VA 22046. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 5, 2014 at nearby St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave. Falls Church, VA 22046. Immediately following the service, guests are invited to join the family for a small gathering at the Murphy funeral home. Pat will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors as well as a celebratory reception, at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Colonel Patrick Lowrey can be made to the Cancer Research Institute (www.cancerresearch.org).