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R.K. Lowe
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Seventh-day Adventist church, 1614 H Street in Modesto, for long-time Modesto businessman and Ceres native R.K. Lowe. He died peacefully on June 19, 2011.

R.K. was born on a farm outside of Bristow, Okla., and while growing up during the Depression he worked odd jobs from the age of 10 in order to buy his own clothes and necessities. He was forced to quit school at an early age to help support himself and the family. Mr. Lowe arrived in the Central Valley in late 1945. He tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit to carve out a niche in the real estate community. R.K. started out, however, by establishing a taxi cab business in Ceres, followed up by a car dealership, mobile home sales lot, a house moving business and almond farming while he developed his real estate profession. Mr. Lowe enjoyed being with his family, golfing and playing cards. He was a lifelong member of the Lions Club, serving as Apartment Association president and a longtime member of the local Board of Realtors.

He leaves behind his wife, Judi Lowe of Modesto; two children, Rodney Lowe and Donita Zoerb, both of Modesto; two brothers, Dwayne Christian of Modesto and Delard Low of Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Kara Lowe Bogetti, Merissa Lowe, Carolyn Zoerb and Samuel Zoerb; and three great-grandsons, Mason Bogetti, Chase Bogetti and Hudson Bogetti.

Remembrances may be sent to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1663, Modesto, CA 95353-1663.

-Ceres Courier/ June 22, 2011