Before leaving for military training in Alabama, Marine Cpl. Conner Lowry left a note on his sister Grace Levin’s desk.
She shared his words with fellow mourners at Lowry’s funeral Saturday morning.
“Dear Gracie, I am so proud of you. I will miss you dearly. I’m so honored to call you my sister. I love you with all my heart. I will always be here for you. I will miss you sweetie. I love you with all my heart. Conner Lowry.”
Lowry was killed in action in Afghanistan on March 1. His body arrived at Midway Airport on Friday morning, and after an emotional procession through several South Side neighborhoods and a stop at his alma mater, Brother Rice High School, family, friends and supporters turned out for his wake at St. John Fisher.
More than 1,500 mourners packed Saint John Fisher Church in Beverly Saturday for Lowry’s funeral, some arriving as early as 8 a.m., and many parking as far as six blocks away.
A flag line from the Illinois Patriot Guard stood at attention, lining the front of the church. The Chicago Fire Department’s bag and pipe band were assembling. Inside the church were whispers and hugs as friends and family made their way to Lowry’s flag-draped casket at the front of the church to pay their last respects.
Lowry’s friend, Mike Roche, on Saturday said he was “one of the funniest people” he’s known.
“His one liners, practical jokes,” Roche said. “Conner was never afraid of calling it like it was. Conner always played by his own rules, he always lived his life large.”