Gene L. Lowden

April 1, 1934November 28, 2012

GENE L. LOWDEN, 78, of Leo, died on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his residence. Born April 1, 1934, in Fort Wayne, he graduated from Central High School in 1952. He married his wife, Carolynn J. (Arthur) on Feb. 27, 1954. He retired in 2005 as Director of Buildings and Grounds for Allen County. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time at his vacation home in Bois Blanc Island, Mich. Surviving are his wife, Carolynn J.; daughters, Sheree (Roger) Artherhults of Leo and Teresa (David) Longsworth of Fort Wayne; sons, Mark Lowden of Leo, Christopher (Amy) Lowden of Woodburn and Cory Lowden (Mindy) of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie Hartman of Fort Wayne; and beloved dog, Natty. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton R. and Berdean M. (Smith) Lowden; brother, and James Lowden. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo. Preferred memorials to Parkview Home Health & Hospice or Coast Guard Chapel of Bois Blanc Island, Mich.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2012

Gene L. Lowden

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December 5, 2012

I am so glad I got to know Gene through his employment with Allen County. He is the most intelligent person I have ever met. I enjoyed his sense of humor too! My sincere condolences. Jean Jones

Mark Lowden

December 4, 2012

I was just thinking about how lucky my family was to have such unseasonably warm weather over the past two days. I then realized luck had nothing to do with it, and it was no coincidence. It was Dad once again taking great care of his family, making sure we were all warm and comfortable during our time of mourning. Well played Dad, well played. Once again you showed us that you will do whatever it takes to make sure your family is safe and sound.

Dad, you took great care of us, but you and Mom also taught us the skills necessary to take care of ourselves. We will all continue to build on your teachings to make you both even more proud.

Now Dad, take a break. You've earned it. You have worked hard all your life, but we've got it from here. But, knowing you as well as we do, we know that you and Uncle Butch have already made improvements in heaven. You always put your personal touch on everything you were involved with.

Even though you have physically left us, we know that you will always be near. You left us several reminders of your love and grace, and we will forever thank you for them. Please give our family and friends that departed before us a big ol' Dirty Ernie hug. May you and KC play long and hard together. Love you Dad!!

Jeff & Rebecca McCann

December 4, 2012

Dear Mark and family,
Jeff & I are so sorry to learn of your loss. I looked through the photos posted here of your dad and family and it looks like there are many wonderful memories captured by the pictures shared here. It is our sincerest wish that your memories of times shared together in this life bring you and your family comfort until you are reunited with your father in the next life. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Jackie Pranger

December 3, 2012


May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Amanda Mottola

December 3, 2012

I'm going to miss Grandpa Gene so much. We had a special bond that allowed us to talk about food, wine, Hoosier basketball, design and coffee for hours. I always knew he would have an answer for the questions we had about our house and even though we live all the way in Washington we made sure to take pictures inside and out so he could see every inch of the house we bought.  His knowledge and what he taught my family will be cherished forever.  
Love, Amanda and Paolo Mottola

bryan gumbert

December 3, 2012

if there is such a thing as making heaven a nicer place, you can bet Gene will have it absolutely perfect by the time we get there.

Bryan Gumbert

December 3, 2012

my thoughts and prayers go out to the Lowden family. I have lots of great memories of Gene, i learned so much from this very talented man. I will never forget the many things you taught me pal. You will be missed, rest in peace friend.

Barbara, Richard & Sarah, Mary Jane, John & Andra Barbier

December 2, 2012

Dear Carolyn and Bonnie,

We send our deepest sumpathies and sincere condolences to the Lowden family.
We were all saddened and shocked to hear of Gene's passing.
Our hearts go out to you at this time.
The Barbier Family

Jean Fishbaugh

December 2, 2012

Sheree and family, I am grieving with you today and in the days to come for our Dads.....May they rest in peace in their new heavenly home. My family send their deepest sympathies to you and yours.

Dave Longsworth

December 1, 2012

"We do not inherit the world from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Duty on us to return it to them in the absolute situation"

"The Day God Called You Home"
God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain.
And knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw your path was difficult, he closed your tired eyes,
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly.
When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain,
We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again.
You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide,
You live on through your children, you're always by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home

I certainly hope Louie has those gates painted by the time you get up there...

"Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand."

Thank you Gene