Carl Edward Lowe, II

Carl Edward Lowe, II, 70, of Waco, passed to his eternal rest, Friday, October 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation: Friday, October 13, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.

Funeral Service: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00AM, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7201 Viking Drive in Waco.

Burial: Will take place at a later date at The Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, where the United States Marine Corp. Honor Guard will render military honors. Pallbearers will be Carl Edward Lowe, III, Bradley R. Lowe, Jeremy J. Lowe, Brian D. Lowe, Carl E. Lowe, IV, Keaton Lowe, and Niel Christensen. Honorary pallbearers are Peyton Lowe, Kenny Devito, and Jason Devito.

Carl was the son of Carl E. Lowe and Irene Branham Lowe of Fort Gay, West Virginia. He was born in Louisa, Kentucky on November 16, 1946. He grew up in Fort Gay and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era as a Marine Corps Security Guard in Brussels, Belgium. While serving overseas he met his wife, Carolyn Smith Lowe from Burley, Idaho and are the parents of five children – C. E. Lowe III, Bradley R. Lowe, Jeremy J. Lowe, Brian D. Lowe and Kara L. Lowe, all living in the State of Texas. He has 15 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

He was a Board Member of the Good Soldier Foundation, supporter of the Heart of Texas Young Marine’s, avid supporter of the Whitney Texas Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 8571, a life member of the Marine Corps League, Huntington Detachment #340, of the Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Devil Dogs and a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Some of the many awards he has received over the years are: the distinguished alumni award of Fort Gay High School provided by the Marshall University Foundation, as well as the Native American Warrior Certificate of Recognition from the National Congress of American Indians, and was recognized as the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year through the United States Air Force Association.

He retired in 2011 from federal government service as SES director of the Waco VA Regional Office (VARO). He held several leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a lifelong coach for baseball, girls softball, basketball and served in the Boy Scouts of America as a Scoutmaster. Carl was always known to be a Los Angeles Dodger baseball fanatic and every spring he spent a week at Dodgers Spring training camps in Florida and Arizona. He and his wife had a love for travel and have visited 65 countries, including Antarctica, and all 50 states in the U.S. He was always seen reading a book.

Carl was preceded in death by his father, Carl Edward Lowe, I; and sister, Hazel Lou Lowe Compton.

Carl is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Kay Lowe; children, C.E. Lowe,III and his wife Tina, Bradley R. Lowe and wife Lori, Jeremy J. Lowe, Brian D. Lowe and wife Jamie, and Kara L. Lowe; his mother, Irene Branham Lowe; siblings, Paul Douglas Lowe, Nina Lowe Wellman and husband Ronnie, and Larry Lee Lowe and wife Carol Webb Lowe; 15 grandchildren, Carl E. Lowe, IV and wife Amber, Jozie Lowe, Maycie Lowe, Keaton Lowe, Adelyn Grace Lowe, Kathryn Lowe, Evelyn Lowe, Peyton Lowe, Sarah Lowe, Shelby Lowe, Lindsay Gray, Karis Gray, Kenny DeVito and fiancé April Zizzo, Jason DeVito and Maryssa DeVito; three great-grandchildren, Carl Edward Lowe, V, Elk Lowe and Jayden DeVito; along with a host of other loving family members and friends.

The family requests any donations be directed to the Providence Hospice of Waco. The family would also like to personally thank the nurses, Dr. J, and all staff of Providence Hospice and Hospital for their caring attitude and hospitality during Carl’s stay.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints , 7201 Viking Drive; Waco, TX 76710

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Condolence Messages

  1. Mary Jane Brown

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and may your memories bring you comfort.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the entire Lowe family on the loss of such a wonderful person. Carl was a great friend and will be missed by all of us that grew up with him in Fort Gay, West Virginia. He was a faithful supporter of his hometown, the Fort Gay High School Alumni Association, the Joe Damron Memorial Golf Tournament, and the FGHS Memorial Scholarship Fund.

  3. We are so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Carl was a great guy and always tried to help anyone he could in any way. We pray you feel comfort and peace at this difficult time. All our love. Don and Irma

  4. David Unterwagner

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of a lifelong friend with whom I have many wonderful memories. Hye Soon and I extend our condolences and sympathies to Carolyn, Irene, and the entire Lowe family. I will remember him as a man of honor, duty, and service. I know a part of his legacy will be that he was a strong role model for his children. To his children, I know that legacy will be reflected through the love and support you show your mom and each other in the days, months and years to come. To the entire Lowe family, may God grant you the peace and comfort that only He can during this time of mourning.

  5. My deepest condolences to the entire Lowe family on the loss of a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr.Lowe was a terrific VARO Waco Director, hard working, and dedicated to our veterans. He cared about people. I will truly miss him.

  6. I’m very sorry to hear of Mr. Lowe’s passing. I worked with him when he was the Director at VARO Waco and enjoyed our interactions. My condolences to Carolyn and the rest of his family.

  7. Christi Welsh and Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Carl was a great family friend (especially to my father David Unterwagner) over the years and I’m grateful I knew him. I know he will be missed by so many. The Lowe family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  8. Carolyn,
    I’m very sorry to here of your loss. I regret that tlme and distance kept me from getting to know carl better.

    Your cousin,

  9. My Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I can remember meeting Carl for the first time pulling claims folders. At first, I thought he was just another file clerk that worked for the VA doing what they normally did at that time. Soon I found out one valuable thing about Carl, he would never ask his people to do something that he wouldn’t do himself. He always treated everyone with the respect they deserve. His focus while working at the VA was doing all he could for those that have served. He will be truly missed.

  10. Alice "Sam" Raatjes

    I remember Carl with smiles recalling his great sense of humor and above all his contagious laugh.. I realize that life is simply a collection of memories. But memories are like starlight – they live on forever.” May he rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord.

  11. Bob and Jeanette Hall

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. May God give you strength and peace.

  12. Kathy Wentzel harmon

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Mr. Lowe was one of Gods gifts to me and my Family. He was a great boss and deeply cared about Texas veterans and his employees. He taught me many leadership values about how to treat people. Heaven received a great man this month

  13. So sorry for this. Carl always looked out for me at church and in the Boys Scouts. I can remember him saying “Cory, you have to get going on these merit badges”. I was very lucky to have him in my youth, because he was such a leader. My condolences go out to his family and definitely his sweet wife Carolyn.

  14. Betty and Darrell Dungan

    Our condolences to the family of Carl Lowe. May the Lord be with you all in this trying time. He was a great director at the VARO, Waco, TX, and I got to know him there. I remember being so surprised to learn that he often worked as a file clerk when not taking care of his duties as Director. When my husband had difficulty getting his disabilities considered due to the fact that I worked at the Waco office, Mr. Lowe personally helped with the process which was being handled at the Houston office. I found him to be a very kind and considerate individual with a sometime gruff exterior. He worked for all veterans and was a good example of what a leader should be.

  15. Ms Carol and family

    It was a privilege to work with Mr Lowe in the front office. He truly was a great man. You and your family our my thoughts and prayers

  16. So Happy that we got to know this sweet family. Carl was a wonderful man who we truly respected. He was so loved at the the V. A. He would be seen mowing in his orange vest in the Hills of Childress Creek. Such a Wonderful Neighbor! Go rest in the arms of Jesus!

  17. Jeannette Robnett

    Such an amazing man. He was dedicated to Veterans, and he did all he could to help them. What an inspiration he was to all employees at the VA Regional Office in Waco. I went on many outreach events with him, and worked daily with him when he was in the office, he walked the walk, and got down in the trenches with us, the employees. Forever remembered. My thoughts are with his family, particularly with his son Bradley, who is carrying on his legacy in the VA. You should all be proud of your family’s service to the US, and to Veterans.

  18. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. I don’t believe I ever saw him at the Regional Office in Waco without a smile on his face. Whenever we saw him out on the floor he was always doing something to help our veterans. Brad, I will remember you and your family in my prayers.

  19. I am sorry about the loss of this wonderful man. He was a joy to work with at the VA Regional Office. He was dedicated to taking care our veterans.

  20. Kejuanda Abraham

    My condolences go out to the family. I worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working for the Department of Veterans Affairs Waco Regional Office by way of Dallas/Fort Worth office where Mr. Lowe resided when I was hired.

  21. Carl was very influential in helping me begin my career with the VA. After I left to pursue other options, he was totally responsible for me being able to return and resume my VA career. I’ve never known a more focused, honest, and caring person. He was not my oldest or closest friend. But, I can honestly say, he was my best friend. I had a dream the other night. He and Carolyn can to visit me in my new house. The next day I googled him and learned of his passing. It’s had a profound effect on me. Once again, he’s had a positive influence on my life. I returned to church and feel the need to make more positive decisions in my life. Without him, my life would not have been nearly so successful. I’ll always remember CE and Bebo as small children. My deepest sympathy and prayers to him, Carolyn and the rest of his family.

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