Richard Earl Lowell


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East Millinocket - Richard Earl Lowell, 92, died at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. He was born July 5, 1926, in Mattawamkeag, Maine, the son of Mildred and Samuel T. Lowell.
He was raised by his grandparents, Bruce and Nellie Stewart. At 17, Richard joined the U.S. Marines as part of the fifth amphibious corps. Richard was honored for his support in military operations during the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi and he was there to witness the famous raising of the American flag at the summit. Taking the mountain earned his unit the Presidential Unit Award "For Extraordinary heroism in action..."
When Richard returned in 1946, he got his high school diploma from Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston, Maine, and then went on to Springfield College. Richard then began his career as metal worker/welder and worked throughout New England and other parts of the United States. Richard retired from Great Northern Paper Company.
Richard was most known as "Mr. Baseball". He ran teams for years in the semi-pro league, the Mattawamkeag Merchants. Richard also took two softball teams (Curt's Place) to the national championship in Long Island, N. Y. He also took his softball team (Broadways Lanes) to the national championship in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Richard was a board official for baseball and basketball. Richard continued to referee and umpire into his seventies. Richard was a member of the Elks Club 1521 in Millinocket, for over fifty years as well as a lifetime member of the American Legion.
Richard was predeceased by his wife, Antoinette Mary Manzo; and his daughter, Eugina Theresa Lowell. He is survived by two daughters, Janelle Lowell, and Michelle Lowell and husband, David; sons, Richard Lowell Jr., and Scott Lowell and wife, Joni. Richard leaves four grandchildren, Michael Lowell, Lauren Stevens, Dalton Zoidis, Gianna Avery, and two great-grandchildren, Cameron Thompson and Vivian Stevens. He is also survived by his longtime friend, Sandra Porter.
At Richards request there will be no services. Donations in his memory can be made to the Katahdin Area Support Group.
Published on September 25, 2018
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