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Gerald W. Lower (Sandy)

Born June 7th, 1947 in Canoe Creek, one of 8 siblings (5 boys/3 girls) Jerry attended a two room grade school until 5th grade when his family moved to Hollidaysburg.  It was here he finished the remainder of his schooling, graduating in 1965.  The following month he entered into the U.S. Army and attended Basic Training in Fort Jackson, SC followed by additional schooling in Aberdeen, MD. He was then shipped out for a 13-month tour to Korea.  After completion of this tour, he was stationed in Germany for an additional three years.  In June of 1968 he received an Honorable Discharge at the rank of Sergeant (E-5).

In July of 1968 Jerry met his wife Sandra Susan Sisto and were eventually married in February of 1969 at the Hicks United Methodist Church in Ducansville, PA.  Together they have three children (2 son and 1 daughter) and seven grandchildren.

In 1985 Jerry petitioned Portage Lodge No. 220 and was raised to a Master Mason later on that year. He also joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Altoona this same year, becoming a 32° Mason. In 1986 he joined the Jaffa Shrine and became active in the Legion of Honor. He served the Legion of Honor as Commander in 1990 and was Drill Captain for many years.

He currently serving as Potentate of Jaffa Shrine.