CRYSTAL LAKE – Tom and Nancy Lowe of Crystal Lake are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner today, on their anniversary date, hosted by their children and grandchildren and have plans for a family vacation this summer.
Nancy Turner and Tom Lowe were married June 2, 1963, at Grace Methodist Church in Moravia, Iowa. They first lived in Clovis, N.M., after their marriage.
He was an airline pilot 747 captain with United Airlines until his retirement April 5, 2001.
She is a homemaker.
Both thoroughly enjoy aviation with a passion for World War II-era biplanes. Tom pilots a Steaman N2S-3 and Stearman C3R, both of which were restored by the couple, and he looks for any opportunity to fly. He also is the co-founder and serves on the board of directors of the National Stearman Fly-In, which is celebrating its 42nd year. They have participated in a multitude of aviation activities such as flying contests, seminars and much more. They also participated in the 2008 American Barnstormers Tour with their vintage Stearman C3R, flying cross-country in period costumes recreating the era of the Golden Age of Aviation.
In addition to aviation, they enjoy spending time with their family and grandchildren attending their many sports events, dance and musical performances, and playing card and board games together. They also enjoy worldwide travel and together have visited Holland, Hawaii, almost all of the 50 states, numerous national monuments and parks and many other places.
They have a daughter, Deb (Jeff) Loitz of Sycamore and a son, Mike (Nina) Lowe of Lake in the Hills.
They also have five grandchildren.