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James A D Lowry Jr

Born in New York, NY on Nov 13, 1934.
Departed on Feb 11, 2017 in Palm, Bay, FL.

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Visitation: Thurs. Feb 16th at 5pm-7pm
Brownlie - Maxwell Funeral Home , Melbourne, FL
Service: Fri. Feb. 17th at 10:30am
St Joseph Catholic Church , Miller. St - Palm Bay
Cemetery: Fri. Feb. 17th at 11:30am
St Joseph Catholic Church , Miller. St - Palm Bay

James Andrew David Lowry Jr., Retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, died Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born in the Bronx, NY, on November 13, 1934, he was the oldest son of the late James and Iris (Trimble) Lowry. In 1954 James joined the Air Force where he served as navigator on the B-47 jet bomber. He also served as a Titan-2 missile officer and flew over 100 missions in Viet Nam on the AC-119 gunship and B-52 bomber aircraft. His Air Force career was decorated by the Viet Nam Service Medal, Air Medal with ten Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1974 after 20 years of faithful service to the country. After retirement, he attended the Florida Institute of Technology where he received his Masters degree. He then worked in industry at Documation Corporation for several years. When he retired from his civilian career James raised tropical fish and became an avid golfer. He was a member of the Banditos men's golf league for over 20 years. His golfing highlight was playing TPC Sawgrass at age 75 with his sons; he hit the 17th green on his first tee-shot.

James married the love of his life, Phyllis Christina Cassidy, on December 1, 1956. She pre-deceased him in 2003 after more than 46 years of marriage. Together, James and Phyllis had three sons and a daughter, Kerry, who pre-deceased her parents due to Cystic Fibrosis. James is survived by his three sons; James III and his wife, Kelly of Indialantic, FL; Robert of New Fairfield, CT; and Stephen and his wife Elizabeth, of Melbourne, FL; and grandchildren Jennifer, Ryan, Veronica and Adrienne. In addition, he is survived by brothers Donald and Russell, sister Deborah Ann (Penny), and numerous other loving family members, and long time dear friend Marlene. A funeral service will be held at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery on Miller Street with full military honors at 10:30AM on February 17, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in James' name to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, Friends may sign a guest register book at

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air... And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God." Adapted from John Gillespie Magee's High Flight.

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