Houston E. Lowe, a revered Glen Rose native who served the country in World War II and survived 42 months in a prison camp, died at age 98 on Nov. 1 in the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Lowe was captured on May 6, 1942 in the Philippine Islands following the Battle of Corregidor. Part of his time in captivity was spent in horrific conditions aboard a notorious Japanese “hell ship.”
In 2016, then Mayor Sam Moody proclaimed Oct. 24 as Houston Lowe Day in Glen Rose. Lowe attended that ceremony on the Somervell County Courthouse steps along with his daughters.
In May 2017 at age 97, Lowe received his high school diploma when he walked across the stage during Glen Rose High School’s 2017 graduation ceremony. Lowe, who was born Nov. 28, 1919, left high school and joined the Army during the war. He was awarded a diploma under a provision in the Texas Education Code.
Lowe appeared in June of this year at Storiebook Cafe in Glen Rose to sign copies of the book about his life, titled “868: The Sharecropper’s Son — The Story of a WWII American POW’s Life of Miracles.” One of his three daughters, Tina Farrell of Friendswood, was the book’s author.
Lowe’s military graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., in San Antonio.
Family visitation is set for 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 E., in San Antonio.