OBITUARY

James Michael Lowry

4 March, 19577 August, 2020
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James Michael Lowry, 63, of Broadway passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 7, 2020 at his shop doing what he loved and was passionate about. He was born in Moline, Illinois on March 4, 1957 to Mary Grace (Rodenhouse) Lowry and the late James Francis Lowry.

Michael served in the United States Army as a mechanic stationed in Germany and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1061 of Harrisonburg. He was the proud owner of Backstreet Customs in Broadway where he was a talented upholsterer and metal fabricator. He was a lifelong and passionate car lover and well known for his work.

In addition to his father, Michael was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lee Lowry.

Surviving is his mother, Mary; seven siblings, Kathryn Detlefs and her husband Jim, Linda Balser and her husband Sam, Diane Burrows, Theresa Cantwell and her husband Larry, Beverly Gerard, Mary Pratt and fiancé Dennis Brewer, and Mark Lowry and his wife Debbie; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and many friends. Michael was loved by so many and he will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Woods Chapel, 58 Splinter Lane, New Market, Virginia 22844.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Davenport Memorial Park, 1022 East 39th Street, Davenport, Iowa 52807.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1061, PO Box 1754 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22803.

Condolences may be made to the family online at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Vietnam Veterans of America

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, 22 August , 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • A Graveside Service Will Be Held At A Later Date In Davenport Memorial Park.

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Carolyn Dove

11 August 2020

I learned to know Mike several years ago when he was still in Harrisonburg and replaced a headliner for me. Then after he moved to Broadway I was able to have many more conversations with him as he got the new shop up and running. He was so excited and had accomplished so much. He was such a kind and talented man and I enjoyed talking with him each and every time our paths crossed. He will be missed by many people. Gives one a bit of comfort to know he was doing what he loved when God called him home. My sincere condolences to the family as you greave the loss of a great man. Cherish the precious memories and find comfort in them. Rest in peace my friend. With sincere sympathy. Carolyn Dove

James Williams

11 August 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss of James. Thankfully, he did pass doing what he loved best. R/James Williams VVA-1061

Brady Miller

11 August 2020

Mike worked on many cars for me. He had a talent in many areas. He did upholstery work and metal fabricator. He had many other talents as well. He was remodeling an apartment at his shop to live in. I enjoyed visiting Mike, watching him work and talking with. Mike and I made a trip back to his home in Iowa. Many good memories. I will miss him very much. He was a good friend. RIP brother
Fly high.

Bob Evans

10 August 2020

Michel was a great friend. Spent several months working on a car for me and we developed a friendship that provided mutual trust and encouragement. Michael will be missed and his enthusiasm for exquisite upholstery will be a huge loss to gear heads.

Chuck Braithwaite

10 August 2020

What a great man would take the time to show and tell you about working on cars and doing what ever he could to help you out. Thanks so much Michael for your service my friend.. Rip

Carolyn Wilfong

9 August 2020

Will miss seeing all the neat pictures of your work. Will miss seeing The Rattler and chatting with you . You earned your wings .Fly high Michael .
Your friends Bernard & Carolyn Wilfong

Paul Clancey

9 August 2020

Godspeed.

Biography

James Michael Lowry, 63, of Broadway passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 7, 2020 at his shop doing what he loved and was passionate about. He was born in Moline, Illinois on March 4, 1957 to Mary Grace (Rodenhouse) Lowry and the late James Francis Lowry.

Michael served in the United States Army as a mechanic stationed in Germany and was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1061 of Harrisonburg. He was the proud owner of Backstreet Customs in Broadway where he was a talented upholsterer and metal fabricator. He was a lifelong and passionate car lover and well known for his work.

In addition to his father, Michael was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lee Lowry.

Surviving is his mother, Mary; seven siblings, Kathryn Detlefs and her husband Jim, Linda Balser and her husband Sam, Diane Burrows, Theresa Cantwell and her husband Larry, Beverly Gerard, Mary Pratt and fiancé Dennis Brewer, and Mark Lowry and his wife Debbie; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and many friends. Michael was loved by so many and he will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Woods Chapel, 58 Splinter Lane, New Market, Virginia 22844.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Davenport Memorial Park, 1022 East 39th Street, Davenport, Iowa 52807.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1061, PO Box 1754 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22803.

Condolences may be made to the family online at www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

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