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Vernie W Lowry

January 22, 1930 — October 7, 2023



Vernie W. Lowry, 93, of Washington, died Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 13, 2023, at 1:00 PM at the United Presbyterian Church in Washington, with Pastor Erin Kaye officiating. Burial will follow at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona. The family will greet friends from 5 – 7 PM on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  Memorial donations may be given to Relay For Life or the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Vernie W. Lowry was born January 22, 1930, in Washington County, Iowa, the son of Oscar V. and Bessie (Wiles) Lowry. He attended high school in Washington county and in 1949 he enlisted in the United States Army. He served three years during the Korean Conflict. On December 26, 1950, he was united in marriage to Betty Ann Gingerich by Reverend Grosheim in the United Presbyterian parsonage. After he finished his service to the Army the couple settled in Washington, Iowa, where Vernie worked at the Creamery and Button Factory. They then moved to Brighton where Vernie purchased the Standard Gas Station, working and managing the station for several years. He completed training at culinary school in Florida and began his career as a chef at the Captain's Table, a historical landmark in Washington. Upon retirement he worked at the Kalonial Townhouse as a part time chef. He enjoyed gardening and refinishing furniture in his shop daily. Vernie regularly attended the United Presbyterian church, and moved to the United Presbyterian Home when his health began to decline.


Survivors include his wife Betty of 73 years of Washington; daughter Sandra K. (Larry) Lowry Zeman of Culpeper, VA; grandson Brandon L. (Anissa) Zeman of Alexandria, VA; and many nieces and nephews.


Preceding Vernie in death were his brothers: Boyd (Wilma) Lowry and Wesley (Florence) Lowry; and his sister Dora (Victor) Tinnes.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, October 12, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Peterseim Funeral Home Kalona

201 B Ave, Kalona, IA 52247

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Funeral Service

Friday, October 13, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

United Presbyterian Church

209 E Main St, Washington, IA 52353

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