HOLDEN - Richard J. Lowney, 68, husband of Paula J. Lowney, died Sept 2, 2015 at his home in Holden. He was born July 1, 1947 in Milton, Mass, the son of Raymond S. and Louise (Van Ham) Lowney.
Rich was a proud US Army veteran serving 24 years as a medic and Physician Assistant including the Vietnam War Era retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He was one of the initial 3 classes of Physician Assistants trained in the Army finishing his career as an instructor for the PA course at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He worked as a Physician Assistant for a brief period at Eastern Maine Medical Center and for 21 years in the emergency department of St. Joseph Hospital retiring in 2007. Rich served on the State of Maine Board of Medicine Physician Assistant Advisory Committee from December 1998 to March 2002 and as the Committee Chairperson from March 2002 to March 2007. He was a proud and supportive member of the Maine Troop Greeters. Rich was passionate about connecting with medical personnel in the troops. He also shared Maine Troop Greeter coins to others to promote the need and importance of supporting the troops.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Paula of Holden his adored daughter, Stephanie Marsh and her husband, Lester of St. Louis, MO, one granddaughter, Shelby Marsh of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Thomas Lowney and his friend, Maureen Matthews; sister-in-law, Diane Lowney all of the greater Boston area; sister-in-law, Judy Huebner and her husband, Tom of Lawrenceville, GA; nieces and nephews including, Steven Lowney, Susan Reddish and her husband, Ryan and Matthew Lowney; father-in-law, Harold Wink, of Altoona, FL. Over the years, there have been many furry, four pawed companions who provided joy and comfort.
Family and friends may visit 11 AM to 1 PM Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor where a service honoring his life with military honors will be held at 1 PM as the visitation concludes. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Maine Troop Greeter Museum Fund, Bangor International Airport, 287 Godfrey Blvd., Box 6, Bangor, ME 04401. Please make checks payable to the Maine Troop Greeter Museum Fund.