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Tom Lowry
(April 30, 1942 - February 23, 2011)

Donald Thomas “Tom” Lowry, Jr., 68, of Shelbyville, died at 6:19 a.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Jim Whitaker officiating. Visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be given to the National Niemann – Pick Disease Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Lowry was born on April 30, 1942 in Mattoon, IL, the son of Donald T. and Betty Haverstock Lowry, Sr. He graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School in the Class of 1960 and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He taught middle-school science and math for 37 years at Windsor, Stewardson-Strasburg and Central A & M. Tom was the Golf Pro at Sullivan Country Club for 30 years. He was a member of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, National Teacher’s Association, George Sentel Masonic Lodge #764, Sullivan and Sullivan Country Club. He married Sandi Robbins Traxler in 1997.

Surviving are his wife, Sandi; son, Justin Lowry of Decatur, IL; step-son Nick Traxler and wife Kelli of St. Louis, MO; step-daughter, Callie Traxler of Shelbyville, IL; mother, Betty Lowry Ellison of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Kenny Lowry and wife Mary of Toledo, IL and Chuck Lowry and wife Angela of Newbern, TN; sister, Carol Lowry of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Andrew Lowry of Bloomington, IL and Emma and Brynn Traxler both of St. Louis, MO; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Betty Robbins of Shelbyville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald T. Lowry, Sr.; and daughter, Cori Lowry.

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