Weerts Funeral Home


Edgar Russell Lower

November 27, 1927November 15, 2020

Edgar R. Lower, 92, of Davenport passed away on November 15, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. A private funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. The service will be live streamed and may be viewed by visiting our Weerts Facebook page. Following the service, there will be Military honors in Weerts parking lot. This will be live-streamed on Mel's facebook page. Feel free to send him a friend request if you are not currently friends. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be left to St. John’s United Methodist Church or to the family towards his great-grandchildren’s college fund. Online condolences may be expressed at

Edgar was born on November 27, 1927 in Savanna, IL to Edgar and Harriet (Bard) Lower. He enlisted in the U.S. Army. Edgar earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He began his career at Alcoa. He then took a position at the Rock Island Arsenal where he retired after many years of service. Edgar was united in marriage to Constance Nickel on April 26, 1958 in Concord, IL She preceded him in death in 2012. Edgar was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. He was involved in the Q.C. Camera Club, PSA-with top honors. He enjoyed photography, traveling across the United States and many different countries and also spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Lisa Gomez and Mel Lower; grandchildren, Lindsey Gomez (Jonathon Suggs), Nicole Gomez (Aubriana Butler), Erica Gomez (Eric DeMuynck), Noah and Andrew Gomez; great grandchildren, Caleb Suggs, Maya Suggs, Inara Gomez, Novalyn and Ezlyn DeMuynck, Mahkinlie Butler, Mahkenzie Butler; one brother, John Lower and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Constance.


  • Edgar Lower, Father (deceased)
  • Harriet (Bard) Lower, Mother (deceased)
  • Constance (Nickel) Lower, Wife (deceased)
  • Lisa Gomez, Daughter
  • Mel Lower, Son
  • Lindsay Gomez (Jonathon Suggs), Grandchild
  • Nicole Gomez (Aubrianna Butler), Grandchild
  • Erica Gomez (Eric DeMuynck), Grandchild
  • Noah Gomez, Grandchild
  • Andrew Gomez, Grandchild
  • Caleb Suggs, Great-Grandchild
  • Maya Suggs, Great-Grandchild
  • Inara Gomez, Great-Grandchild
  • Novalyn DeMuynck, Great-Grandchild
  • Ezlyn DeMuynck, Great-Grandchild
  • Mahkinlie Butler, Great-Grandchild
  • Mahkenzie Butler, Great-Grandchild
  • John Lower, Brother
  • Edgar also leaves a host of nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Constance

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Edgar Russell Lower

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Marti Gaulrapp

December 1, 2020

Lisa, Mel, and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He certainly will be missed. He was always willing to share and to talk about photography, and how he created his wonderful images. I know how much he loved his family.
Prayers for your comfort and peace for all of you.
Marti Gaulrapp

Mary Rueter

November 23, 2020

Edgar was a regular and loyal attendee at the DeWitt Noon Lions Club travelogues, held throughout the winter months for many years. We always enjoyed visiting with him and hearing tales of his travels.
He was an amazing man and we will miss.
Our Lions Club extends its sincere sympathy to Edgar’s family.

Bill & Stone

November 23, 2020

Dear Mel and Lisa,

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was a kind and interesting man. We remember his as a conscientious and reliable member of our ushering team at St. John's UMC.

Judith Belfer

November 23, 2020

He was always so friendly, kind and helpful to me at the Rock Island Arsenal
At the car shows he would photograph my Jaguar and send me the photos. He was an amazing photographer
I am happy to have known him

Nancy and Jim Roseman

November 23, 2020

Ed (and Connie) were wonderful next door neighbors to my parents, August and Adelle Bruning, for many years. Sending our wishes for comfort and peace in the days ahead.
In deepest sympathy,
Jim and Nancy Roseman

Richard Holmes

November 22, 2020

Dear Lisa and Mel:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. We will always remember your parents. They were so kind and thoughtful. They helped us through difficult times and Connie was a good friend. Just remember they loved you both and the grandkids. Our Sympathies, Richard and Dee Holmes

Tim Donohoe

November 21, 2020

I knew Ed from working with him at the Rock Island Arsenal – I was in contracting and Ed, obviously, in Engineering. We had a contractor claim that went to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Washington D.C. Our attorney, who came from Washington D.C. due to the amount of the claim, met with us in Rock Island to prepare for the hearing. During these meetings our attorney “suggested” to Ed that he may want to dress more conservative during the hearings.
I’ll never forget the look on our attorney’s face when we met with him in D.C. the day before the hearing. Ed was dressed in a bright plaid suit, which for us was conservative for Ed, especially compared to his usual “dapper” attire, but not by our attorney.
The next day at the hearing, in the same bright plaid suit, Ed impressed the hearing judge by his knowledge of the contractual clause that he ruled in our favor. It was during the hearing we learned Ed was mainly responsible for writing the contract clause that applied to the case.
Ed was extremely sharp and intelligent.
May he rest in peace. My sympathy to all the family.
Tim Donohoe

Dean Smith

November 20, 2020

Dear Lisa and Mel,
Brenda and I wanted to share our thoughts and prayers for your entire family and are so sorry for your loss. Your father had a passion for photography that was contagious. I remember as a child we had many trips while including traveling to the Wisconsin bike trails. Ed was riding behind to capture the perfect shot of the flowers and beautiful railroad landscape. As you go thru these tough times ahead may you know the Smith family feels your loss, are here for you in the spirit of friendship, and will continue to pray for you in this time of need.

Dean, Brenda, Brittnee, Erica Smith
& Gary Smith

Sheri (Lawson) Jandik

November 19, 2020

Lisa and Mel...I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your dad Ed. I am so sorry I missed the passing of your mom so many years ago, but I so remember her at the many garage sales and church gatherings. I also remember both your mom and your dad so vividly with cameras around their necks at all times. They were wonderful people with a lovely view of life thru the lens. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time made even more so with Covid-19 and Thanksgiving just around the corner. Be thankful for the memories you made, for the life they both lived and the love you all shared. Continue to comfort each other no matter the struggles that life brings and know both your parents are with you every day, watching over you and your families.

You have my deepest sympathy...

Bob Curtis

November 19, 2020

I have many good memories of traveling to stereo photo conventions with Ed. He was the best navigator ever. His memory was outstanding and his joy at photography and traveling was contagious. My sympathies to Lisa and Mel.

Bob Curtis


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