Donald L. Lowmiller, “Donnie”

October 02, 1929 ‒ February 05, 2021

Bucyrus, Ohio

Donald L. Lowmiller, “Donnie”, 91, of rural Bucyrus passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 at Avita Galion Hospital after a short illness. He was a hard-working farmer and devoted Christian who was always there to help others.

He was born October 2, 1929 in Bucyrus and was the son of Rollin and Gertrude (Frey) Lowmiller. On January 21, 1951 he married Donna M. (Sherer) Lowmiller and she preceded him in death after nearly 52 years of marriage on January 10, 2003. Donnie is survived by his wife of 17 years, Marilyn (Baird) Lowmiller whom he married on October 5, 2003.

Donnie graduated from Whetstone School in 1947 and proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a farmer his entire life and drove school bus for the Colonel Crawford Local Schools for 33 years, and participated in many National school bus rodeos. Donnie was a volunteer for the Whetstone Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

He was a very active member of Windfall Emanuel United Church of Christ, playing dartball and holding many positions as Deacon, Elder and Sunday school teacher. Donnie was proud of his pond and he absolutely loved socializing and playing games with family and friends. Many memories were made at Donnie’s pond. He loved to travel, visiting every state in the United States and spending the winters in Texas. Donnie enjoyed restoring old tractors and trucks with his son, David.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Daniel (Donna) Lowmiller of Texas; Dixie (Allan) Long of Tiro, David (Tamera) Lowmiller of Bucyrus and Diane (Dan) Cochran of Amanda, Ohio; two step-daughters, Linda (Danny) Jones of North Robinson and Mary (Jeff) Cochran of Bucyrus; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one expected; two step great-grandchildren; one step great great-grandchild and a brother-in-law Charles Cunning of Colorado.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Cunning and a brother, Kenneth Lowmiller.

Due to COVID, all services will be private. Reverend Loyd and Dreama Caudill will help the family celebrate his life and burial will be in Whetstone Cemetery, Bucyrus.

Military honors will be conducted by the United States Army.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Windfall United Church of Christ, American Heart Association or the Gideons International in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Donald Lowmiller, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • To The Lowmiller Family,
    We have so many wonderful memories of church, family and camping times together. I remember so well the youth hayrides he took us on. Sending sincere sympathy to all of the family. Cherish all your wonderful memories.

  • To the Lowmiller family.
    What a blessing Donnie was to me when I drove bus for Col. Crawford.He was a wonderful friend to so many.Always making sure we got back home after a long winter day of driving.also pulling me out of ditch a few times.May all your memories be a great Comfort to you all.A awesome gentleman.

  • To the Lowmiller family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss …May God wrap his loving arms around you all during this difficult time and in the days to come….Prayers and Hugs
    Linda Shawk Stentz

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lowmiller family in their loss. I fondly remember Donnie driving my school bus to Whetstone for many years then later during my ministry at Windfall UCC, he was a wonderful member and friend. Our family enjoyed many hayrides and events at Lowmiller Pond
    over the years. Another neighbor and family friend has gone on to make Heaven a better place.
    With Love & Sympathy,
    Chuck, Carol, John & Erik Speece

  • Dear Lowmiller Family,
    So sorry to learn of Donnie’s passing. He drove 2 generations of our family to school. I always loved knowing he was taking care of our kids on their way to school! May the many wonderful memories of your years together bring comfort to you all today and in the days ahead. Much love, peace, and comfort to you all!

  • Marilyn and Tammy,
    I am so sorry to read of Donnie’s passing. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I hope memories of good times will soon bring smiles instead of tears.
    God bless you,
    Alena Fox

  • Lowmiller Family,
    Sending each of you our sincere sympathy. We have fond memories of a man who was respectful, kind and gracious to everyone–young or old! We pray that God’s peace and comforting presence surround each of you at this time.
    Norm & Debbie

  • Sorry to hear about the passing of Donnie Lowmiller, whom I played against and with in dartball. He was a great supporter and willing to help out in any way. Offering prayers of comfort, strength and peace at the time of a great loss of a husband, father and grandfather. He will be truly missed.

  • Dear Lowmiller family,
    Praying for your family. So sorry for your loss, God must of needed another farmer up in heaven ! Thinking of the good times at the pond always enjoyed talking to Donny. He will be truly missed!
    Mike and Brenda Kocher and family

  • Even though I didn’t know Donald well, he always made me feel like family when I came for a visit with his brother-in-law, Chuck. So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy!

  • Diane and Lowmiller family, We are sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. We both have very fond memories of bus rides from kindergarten to our senior year. He is in God’s hands now and smiling down. JoEllen Miller-Lesieur and Jeff Miller

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Lowmiller. I always enjoyed seeing him and his sweet wife at the doctors office. What a sweet man. Praying for all of the family during this difficult time in your time of loss of such a wonderful man.