Lowell Smotherman

March 17, 1948 ā€” Aug. 28, 2014

Lowell went to sleep at his home in Portland, Oregon, Thursday night the 28th day of August, 2014, but when he awoke he was with Lord and pain free, not only from physical pain but from the mental anguish still inside from his time in Vietnam.

Lowell was born March 17, 1948, in Astoria, Oregon, to Otto and Jewell Smotherman, joining his brother Gerald at home. Lowell attended Warrenton Grade and High School, and spent one year at Clatsop Community College in Astoria before joining the U.S. Army to serve his country in Vietnam.

After finishing basic training, he was sent to advanced training for the 101st Airborne Division. While serving, Lowell was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Along with this, he also received the Bronze Star Medal with ā€œVā€ device for heroism in ground combat when he, under fire pulled a wounded platoon member to safety. Lowell also received the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Brave Eagle Coin symbolizing his willingness to give and serve above and beyond the call of duty.

Lowell was never heard saying a bad word about anyone, and always looked for the best of everyone. He made friends easily, and could always be found trying to feed any stray animals that were around. His two cats were like family, and he always worried about them any time he was away from home more than a few hours. His friends and neighbors never heard or saw him be upset with anyone or anything, and stated that he brought a ray of sunshine into their lives.

Lowell was preceded in death by his wife Myrna Jean, an unnamed baby boy, and his father Otto. He is survived by his son Shawn, daughter-in-law Teri, grandchildren Paige, Camryn and Grant, his mother Jewell, and brother Gerald.