PMRA presents Service Award in Ron Lowe’s honor
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MORRISONVILLE — Opening ceremonies for the 2023 MCIL season were held on Wednesday, May 10 (delayed from Monday, May 8 due to weather) at Marsh Field in Morrisonville. Every year, the Palmer-Morrisonville Recreation Association (PMRA) gives out a service award in honor of a community member that has dedicated his or her time and efforts to the program. This year they recognized Ron Lowe for his support and dedication to the PMRA. Lowe’s Hardware employees Mary Lowis, Cassie Burke and Tony Brockton accepted the award in his honor, and Burke threw out the first pitch of the season.
“Ron was a pillar of the community, donating his time and talents to many local organizations, including the PMRA,” board member Stephanie Lush shared at the ceremony. “He always made it a point to come and grab a pork burger and watch the little kids play some baseball. He really enjoyed watching the kids and was happy that the program was still thriving. Unfortunately, on November 27, 2022 Ron Lowe passed away but will be in our hearts forever. In honoring Ron and his dedication, we have asked Mary, Cassie and Tony to come accept this award in Ron’s name. In memorial of Ron, we have a sign showing our gratitude and thanks for the many years of memories. I am sure he is smiling down on us today as our season begins. Thank you to everyone that comes out and supports our program. It takes a village to make sure this program stays thriving.”
Ron was born May 30, 1949, in Taylorville, the only child of Robert E. and Beulah G. (Fortin) Lowe. He graduated from Morrisonville High School and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge, Ron graduated from Hardware Marketing in Ottumwa, Iowa. He returned to Morrisonville to work side by side with his parents, operating Lowe Hardware. In addition to his contributions to the PMRA, he was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served in many different capacities over the years, as well as a Salvation Army Chairman for over 30 years and a member of the Morrisonville Community Club and Morrisonville Historical Society.