Wayne was born on Oct. 8, 1940, in King City, California, to Abner Burton and Mary Lunette Black Lowry. He married Verneal Christensen on April 7, 1965, in the Logan LDS Temple. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in many positions. He served as a teacher, Scoutmaster, Stake Mission President, and Bishop. He served a mission in Canada for the LDS Church.
Wayne retired after 38 years of service at Tooele Army Depot. After 23 years of service, he retired as a captain from the Army National Guard. He also served Tooele County as an EMT and most recently, as a school crossing guard. He leaves a legacy of loving the Lord, serving others, creating laughter, and choosing the harder right rather than settling for the easier wrong.
Wayne was a Master Gardener who loved nature and gardening to the fullest. He loved landscaping, propagating, gardening, and teaching about all of it. He loved to share his plants, fruits, vegetables, knowledge, and skills with anyone showing interest. A visit to Wayne during the harvest season usually meant you were leaving with an armful of produce.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 53 years, Verneal; children: Melanie (Dale) Skelton, Tooele, Utah; Melinda (Ed) Languido, West Valley City, Utah; Burt (Kathie) Lowry, Antioch, Illinois; Shawn (Machelle) Lowry, Morgan, Utah; Daran (Jennifer) Lowry, Layton, Utah; Jeff (Hayley) Lowry, Pocatello, Idaho; Natalie (Kyle) Norman, Santaquin, Utah; Stephanie (Bryan) Feldmann, Tooele, Utah; 31 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; siblings Kent (Gaye) Lowry, Fred (Karla) Lowry, and Anne Wexels, all of Tooele, Utah.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Lois Lowry.
Viewings will be held Thursday, July 5, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main, Tooele, Utah, and Friday, July 6, 2018, from 10-10:45 a.m. at the Tooele Valley View Stake Center, 332 E. 1000 North, Tooele, Utah. Funeral services will follow on Friday, July 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Tooele Valley View Stake Center. Interment will follow at Tooele City Cemetery.