Posted by on January 25, 2021 2:42 am

Categories: Schuylkill County Obituaries


russel lower jr obituary

Russel G. Lower, Jr., 72, of Tower City, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at UPMC-Pinnacle, Harrisburg, after a courageous fight against COVID-19.

Born in Pottsville, July 8, 1948, a son of the late Russel Sr. and Lillian Johs Lower.

Russ was a 1966 graduate of Williams Valley High School. He was a United States Air Force Veteran. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and was employed for 36 years as a Technician for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. After retiring he worked for 10 years in the Administrative Officer for the Pennsylvania Air National Air Guard, all based out of the headquarters at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville.

He was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church, a life member of the Liberty Hose Company #1, Williamstown; a life member of the Dauphin County Fireman’s Association; a life member of the Williamstown American Legion Post #239 and its’ former military band and a member of West End Fire Company. He also participated with the Williams Valley Alumni Band and was formerly active with the Williams Valley Marching Band Boosters.

Russ was very community minded, he was instrumental in forming the Porter – Tower Girl’s Softball Association. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Laila, the apple of his eye. He was a fan of the Eagles, Phillies, Penn State and Williams Valley sports. Russ took great pride in his home, and always looked forward to decorating for every holiday.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Brenda Girton Lower; two daughters, Lauren Shutt and her husband Larry, Orwin and Heather Zerembo and her husband Robert, Tower City; one granddaughter, Laila Shutt.

A public walk through viewing following all CDC guidelines will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 6-8 pm from the Chapel of the Dimon Funeral Home, Inc. Tower City. Russ will be laid to rest privately with military honors in the Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Russ’ name should be made to West End Fire Company, 326 Rear, West Grand Avenue, Tower City, PA 17980 or the Williamstown United Methodist Church, 150 East Street, Williamstown, PA 17098. To send condolences to the family please visit

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