Wayne C. Lowry 84, of Shanksville, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2020, surrounded by his family, at home after a courageous 8 year battle with cancer. Born May 9, 1936 in Shanksville he is the son of the late Milton and Marie (Barkman) Lowry. Also preceded in death by a sister Joyce Sarver. Survived by wife of 62 years Audrey (McClaren), the love of his life and dog Willow. Also survived by children, Gregory married to Jane (Smith) Beavfort, SC. And Gina married to Robert Weidenhoft of Stoystown. Grandchildren Zachary married to Sarah (Wilt), Beavfort, SC, Lacy and fiancée James Varner, San Antonio, TX, Aryn married to Aaron Delano, Stoystown and Cheyenne, Stoystown. Great grandchildren Otto Lowry, Beavfort, SC and Dax Delano, Stoystown. Also survived by brother Lee, State College, sister-in-law Belinda Pugh, Hooversville and best friend Jim Bittner, Somerset. A US Navy veteran where he served as a radar man third class on the destroyer USS Ross. Wayne was employed by Columbia Gas of PA in many roles and he retired in 1990 after 29 years of service to devote his time to his beloved plumbing and heating business where Audrey was the CEO. Wayne was well known in Somerset County for his knowledge and expertise in his profession and many younger tradesmen sought his advice. Wayne was always quick to lend a hand when asked and he was never at a loss with a joke. His many customers and friends will surely miss is knowledge, honesty and his infectious smile. Wayne was a member of the Somerset Masonic Lodge # 358 F&AM where he was a Past Master. He was also a member of the Jaffe Shrine. Wayne’s hobby was his work, but for many hears he was the public address announcer for little league football games at the Somerset football stadium on Saturday afternoons. At age 48, Wayne earned his private pilots license of which he was proud. He enjoyed the freedom of flying on beautiful sunny days. When at home he enjoyed decorating for holidays, tending to his yard and tinkering with anything mechanical in his shop. Many thanks to all the staff at the J.P. Murtha Medical Oncology Center, Windber Hospice and Gidget, who graciously cared for Wayne. A Private service will be held for the immediately family only with interment to follow in the Walker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Somerset County Humane Society, PO Box 182, Somerset, PA 15501 or the J.P. Murtha Medical Oncology Center,600 Somerset Ave. Windber, PA 15963. Arrangements under the direction of the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at www.halversonfuneralhome.com.
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