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Gary  Lowry

Gary Ray Lowry

Saturday, July 23rd, 1938 - Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
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Obituary

Gary Ray Lowry, 81, of Independence, MO passed away March 4, 2020. Contributions may be made to the Navy Musicians Association. Gary was born July 23, 1938 in Springfield, MO to Arthur and Pauline Lowry, one of four boys. He enjoyed his animals, good food (Englewood Café of Indep, MO) and music, all from a young age. He played TAPS during his time of service in the U.S. Navy, and he could often be found playing TAPS at military funerals. Another great accomplishment of Gary’s was earning an associates degree in business. His greatest passion in life was playing his trumpet and flugelhorn. Starting his own band in high school led him to being a part of many other bands, such as; Little Sister’s of the Poor, Joe Walker Band, Independence and Raytown Concert Band and Norman Atwell, just to name a few. As a generous man who believed in giving, he also loved being a huge fan of the Maverick’s, the Royals and the Chiefs. Gary has now been reunited with past loved ones including; his parents, his three other brothers, Joe, Jim and Butch Lowry, his wife Shellie Lowry, a daughter of his own, Mickey and stepson, Alec Hoffman. He is survived by two children, Marsha Rubin (Lowry) of Independence, MO and Michael Lowry of Springfield, MO, stepdaughter Shelbie Johnson-Buxton of Independence, MO, five grandchildren, Jennie, Ben, Chase, Daniel and Renee, sixteen great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. As the founder of the Landlord’s Association of Eastern Jackson County, he provided clean, safe and affordable housing to many Independence families. Gary will be missed by many and many who enjoyed his 81 years of life, including members of the Navy Musician’s Association, which he was still a member of. Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel 816-252-7900)
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    Location
    Mount Washington Cemetery
    Notes
    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the graveside service will be private.
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    Location
    Mt. Washington Cemetery
    Address
    614 Brookside
    Independence, MO 64052
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Larry Sebby

Posted at 04:08am
To the Family,
I have had to privilege of playing many concerts over the past 14 years with Gary in the Spirit of Independence Band, The Blue River College Jazz Band, and in some other musical groups. When I was asked to form and direct an orchestra to accompany Oklahoma for the Blue Springs Community Theater, Gary was one of the first calls I made. He was one of the most talented musicians I have ever known. His playing was always musically perfect and tasteful. Add to that, we enjoyed a personal friendship that grew over those 14 years. He made a miraculous recovery after his heart transplant and was in inspiration to those of us who knew him. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the difficult time of adjustment to life without this great and talented man.
JP

John Parcell

Posted at 02:09pm
To the family of Gary Lowry:
Our condolences to the family pf Gary Lowry:
I have known Gary over the last 4 or 5 years and have played in the Spirit of Independence, Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Raytown Community Band with him. Prayers and our thoughts are with you all at this time in your loss.
Musically in Him,
John and Cathy Parcell
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