D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Esther Ruth Sowers

May 21, 1928September 21, 2019

Esther Ruth (Perkins) Sowers, age 91, of Fort Wayne, IN (formerly of Leo, IN) passed away on September 21, 2019. She was born on May 21, 1928 in Warsaw, IN to Percy K. and Florence M. (Cozens) Perkins.

She was graduated from Warsaw High School and attended the State Normal and Industrial School in Allendale, North Dakota. She served as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Oakes, North Dakota. On June 13, 1948 Esther married Blaine E. Sowers in Warsaw, IN. She attended Leo United Methodist Church in Leo, Indiana for 52 years where she taught Sunday School and Bible School, and among many other volunteer duties, served as a cook for the youth at Epworth Forest Church Camp for 10 years. She was also an active member of United Methodist Women. She was a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Fort Wayne Settlers as a master basket maker, candle maker and spinner. She was also an avid knitter and loved to read.

Esther was kind, loving, caring and prayerful. She loved her family with her whole heart.

She is survived by daughter Kathie Kaufmann of Bolivar, MO, son Dr. Bruce (Brenda) Sowers of Hamilton, IN, daughter Kyle (James) Zanker of Fort Wayne, IN, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded by husband Blaine, son-in-law Kenneth Kaufmann, 2 sisters – Beatrice Reiber and Roberta Sowers, and 4 brothers – Lloyd, Wesley, Bud, and Forrest Perkins.

Service is 10 AM Thursday, October 17, 2019 at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home, 1320 E Dupont Rd. Fort Wayne, IN with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday, October 16. Burial in Leo Memorial Park, 14600 Leo Rd, Leo, IN.

Memorial bequests may be given to Crossroad Child & Family Services, 1825 Beacon St, Fort Wayne, IN.



  • Visitation Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, October 17, 2019


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Marla Amstutz-Knepper

October 13, 2019

I went to school with Kyle and as a teenager house sat for Esther and Blane when they vacationed. As Esther showed me around her home in the dining room I commented on her beautiful Lenox China. She replied “Please use it while we are gone,” I replied no I just couldn’t. Esther insisted, “beautiful things are meant to be enjoyed.” What a lovely and gracious lady!

Joyce Murden

October 12, 2019

I went to church with Esther and Blaine for years at Leo United Methodist Church. Esther has been missed since she became ill, she sat next to me at church and was part of United Methodist Women. She was a good friend, led classes in basket making and was always a lady. Esther is with Blaine in heaven keeping him in line, he was a talker while she was the quiet one. They will be missed in this life.

Shari Myers

October 12, 2019

Kyle and I were Leo classmates from Kindergarten to Senior year year in high school. Such an amazing family. Esther was a special person in my childhood memories as a room mom, girl scout leader. God Bless you all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️