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Warner Lowe

Posted: Monday, Feb 2nd, 2009

Warner “Eddie” Lowe, 84, longtime Templeton resident, died Jan. 27, 2009. He was born in Hempstead on New York’s Long Island. Growing up near the ocean, he developed a lifelong love of the sea. He and his brother, Bill, built and sailed their own boats, a passion that Warner pursued all his life.

The year of his high school graduation coincided with the start of World War II. Warner served in the Navy as a radioman on a PBN-1 seaplane at the U.S. Naval Testing Base at Patuxent River, Md., and with the Carrier Aircraft Service in Imperial Beach.

While awaiting his discharge, and with time on his hands, he walked over to visit a nearby farm where he worked and met the dairyman’s daughter, Dorothy Shelton, the love of his life and future wife of 61 years.

A few years later, the family, which then included young sons Bill and Chuck, moved to San Luis Obispo County. Warner took advantage of the GI Bill to study Animal Husbandry at Cal Poly. They found life on the Central Coast delightful.

In 1954, the Lowes moved to Templeton where the family was blessed with two daughters, Jean and Laura. They lived on the Rossi dairy where Warner worked two jobs — on the dairy and at the Paso Robles School for Boys. One of Warner’s dairy jobs was to drive dry cows to graze on 60 acres, which adjoined the dairy. When this acreage came up for sale, he purchased it. Here he built the family home and planted thirty acres of walnut trees.

His love of sailing continued. He bought a boat hull at Avila that he completed and named the Laura-Jean. The boat is now skippered by his son Chuck.

Warner is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his sister Virginia Graham of Lake Ronkonkona, N.Y.; children Bill, his wife Jin, and sons Christopher and Jonathan, Chuck, his wife Bonnie and children Jason and Suzanne Hilford, daughter Jean Sutton, her husband Rick, and daughters Mandy and Cassidy, daughter Laura Brooks, her husband Bob and sons Patrick and Taylor.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lowe home in Templeton.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the charity of their choice.

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