Ross D. Lowe

Ross D. Lowe
Ross D. Lowe

CHADWICK – Ross Donald Lowe, 64, of Chadwick, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at home, with his daughter by his side.

Ross was born Aug. 15, 1953, in Elgin, the son of Donald and Ruth (Stumpf) Lowe. He attended Elgin High School and graduated with the class of 1971. He later attended Drake University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education, with a minor in music in 1975. On October 20, 1979, Ross married Jane Aude.

Ross worked for 8 years at Adventureland in Des Moines, Iowa, where he participated in the shows and managed many of the restaurants. He served as the musical director for Timber Lake Playhouse and taught at the Mount Carroll School District for many years before his accident in 1989. While there, he was involved in many organizations, including the yearbook committee, coaching volleyball and directing school plays. After Ross’s car accident, Ross served a board member on the Northern Illinois Center for Independent Living.  He loved music, watching volleyball, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. One of Ross’s recent highlights was watching the Cubs win the World Series and visiting the Commissioner’s Trophy. Ross spent most of his time with his loving caretakers, but was always looking for the opportunity to strike up a conversation and share his latest joke. Some of his fondest memories include the antics of his youth and times spent with Dean and the “Maggots.” Most of all, Ross cherished the time spent with his daughters, and later his three granddaughters.

Ross will be dearly missed by his daughter, Anne (Robert) Pilgrim of Chadwick; three granddaughters, Natalie, Elaina, and Allie Pilgrim; a brother, Dean (Sandra) Lowe of Sugarland, Texas; and two nieces, Kelsey and Abby Lowe.

Ross is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ruth; and a daughter, Erin Lowe.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Burial will be at Chadwick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

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