Rev. Walter Leslie LOWREY
Rev. Walter Leslie LOWREY
  • May 22, 1919 - September 18, 2016
  • Arizona

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Walter Leslie Lowrey Obituary

The Reverend W. Leslie Lowrey, 97, passed away on September 18, 2016. He was born in Healdsburg, California on May 22, 1919 to Walter & Charlotte (Gordon) Lowrey. Les graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1937 and went to work for the California Nursery Company. In 1941 he enrolled in Northwest Christian College where he met and married the love of his life, Sadie Packard. They both graduated from NCC in 1945 and were ordained together. Les also obtained a degree from the University of Oregon and then went on to graduate school at Butler School of Religion. He pastored Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Oregon, Indiana, California, Washington, Idaho, and Arizona for more than 40 years. Together Les and Sadie served as missionaries, teaching English at Okinawa Christian Institute. Retirement brought travels, cruises, and summers in Prescott with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Les was preceded in death by Sadie after 73 years of marriage. Throughout his long life, Les loved opera, gardening, camping, his friends, telling a good story and a glass of red wine. He is survived by his 3 daughters: Candace Donnelly (James), Janna Merrick (Dave) and Jean Mills (Robert): 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 15th, 11 a.m. at Larkspur Christian Church, 3302 W. Larkspur Dr., Phoenix, 85029. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley at 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.5656