November 12, 2012

Logansport man at 100 years old: The Grand Marshal

Marshal of today’s Veterans Day Parade turns 100

by Amie Sites

LOGANSPORT — Bernard “Bernie” Lowes sat holding a Sports Illustrated Magazine displaying Indiana University basketball player Cody Zeller Thursday afternoon.

Susan Smith, Chase Center activities director, said Lowes enjoys watching sports on The Big Ten Network and they purchased the channel just for him. 

Lowes, who has spent almost a century living in Logansport, will be the Grand Marshal today at the Veteran’s Day Parade. 

The day is special, not only because Lowes is Grand Marshal of the parade, but he is also celebrating his 100th birthday. 

Born Nov. 12, 1912, Lowes grew up in Logansport and graduated from Logansport High School in 1931. After high school, Lowes got a job selling groceries at an A&P Grocery Store for 20 cents an hour before he went into the Navy in 1943. 

Lowes said his wife was pregnant when he was in San Francisco for the Navy, and the day after his son was born, Lowes was shipped off. Lowes said his son was almost two when he saw him for the first time. 

“I was a radar operator and looked for other ships or people on the radar,” Lowes said. 

In the Navy, Lowes said he traveled the South Pacific and got back home two days before Christmas in 1945.  

Lowes said he saw a lot while he was on the ship for three years and he said he was also at sea, on his way to Japan, when an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Larry Lowry, Cass County veteran service officer, said when the Cass County Veteran’s Council find out someone like Lowes is in the area, they approached him and asked him if he would like to participate in the parade. 

The ceremony will start at 10:15 a.m. at the Cass County Government Building and Cass County Commissioner Dave Arnold will speak. 

He said there will be a gun salute, Taps and the National Anthem will be played by local high school bands before the procession to the Logansport City Building begins. 

Mayor Ted Franklin and Timothy Banter Sr., a 25-year Naval retiree, will be speaking in front of the City Building, Lowry said. 

Lowes was married to his late wife, Kathryn, for 75 years and has one son named Jim. Lowes worked as a salesman for Baker Specialty and Supply Company for 36 years.

Lowes said his family is coming to see him today and he is excited to see them. He said he is looking forward to the parade. 

“The purpose of Veterans Day is to honor all veterans and make sure younger residents know what veterans have done for this country,” Lowry said. “They deserve to be honored.”  

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or

What: Veterans Day Parade 

Where: Ceremony at Cass County Government Building, 200 Court Park before proceeding to the City Building, 601 E. Broadway 

When: Today, 10:15 a.m. 

Time of events: 

Parade line up 9:45 a.m. 

Ceremony at Cass County Government Building at 10:15 a.m. 

Program at the Logansport City Building at 11 a.m.