Earl Lowder, 92, of Bloomfield, passed away at 11:26 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 at Lyons Health & Living Center.
Born Feb. 26, 1912 in Greene County, he was the son of Walter and Sally (Tibbett) Lowder. He had been married to Fannie (Ockerman) Lowder, who passed away Aug. 27, 1995.
He worked at the Bloomfield Woolen Mill for 21 years, retiring as superintendent in 1961. He was a member of Ore Branch Church of Christ.
He was age 3 when his family decided to move to the hilltop on Ore Branch Road, East of Bloomfield. It was there that he at the age of 7 first saw Fannie Ockerman, his childhood sweetheart, who later became his wife. He attended Park School and helped on the farm. He worked at a coal mine for a period of time, the Bloomfield brick yard, and in 1940 became employed at the Bloomfield Woolen Mill where he remained for 21 years. Later he engaged in livestock and grain farming.
Survivors include: two sons, Danny Earl Lowder and his wife, Joan, of Terre Haute, and Walter Kenneth Lowder and his wife, Brenda, of Bloomfield; one daughter, Jyme Jo (Lowder) and her husband Jack Bucher of Bloomfield; eight grandchildren, Danna Lowder of Indianapolis, Janna (Lowder) and her husband, Patrick Rady, of Hanover, Breena (Lowder) Allen of Indianapolis, Lisa (Lowder) and her husband, Brian Moss, of Indianapolis, Josh Lowder of Bloomfield, Adam Bucher and his wife, Laura of Bloomfield, Paul Bucher and his wife, Kim, of Bloomfield, and John Bucher and his wife, Kylee, of Princeton; and 10 great-grandchildren, Meaghan Bucher, Kelsey Bucher, Logan Bucher, Caleb Bucher, and Emily Bucher, all of Bloomfield, Nicholas and Megan Moss of Indianapolis, Hannah Rady of Hanover, and Brooklyn and Brianna Bucher of Princeton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 65 years, Fannie Audrey (Ockerman) Lowder in 1995; and a daughter-in-law Marijane Lowder of Terre Haute in 2003.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Jenkins Funeral Home, Bloomfield with the Rev. Billy Ed Hostettler officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery, Bloomfield.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today, and from noon until the hour of service Thursday.