May 10, 1916 ‒ May 18, 2010
BELLVILLE ~ Kenneth E. Mowry’s faith became sight Tuesday evening May 18, 2010 from the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. His 94-year-old earthly tent was destroyed, but Kenny has a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (II Cor 5)
Born May 10, 1916 in Bellville to Arthur J. and Bertha (Clever) Mowry, he was graduated from Bellville High School in 1935 and remained a lifelong resident.
Kenny served with the U. S. Army’s 351st Infantry Regiment, 88th Division, both here in the U.S. and in Italy during WWII.
Mechanically minded, even before the war Kenny operated his own garage. He and his brother owned and operated Mowry Implement, the local John Deere dealership for more than 40 years.
A member of New Life Church of Christ, Ken served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder. He also served on numerous committees, and was active in building the present church building. A charter member of the board of directors of the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Ken supported the resident facility even in its construction phase.
He was a member of Bellville Knights of Pythias Lodge and had served as past president of the Bellville Chamber of Commerce.
An avid baseball fan, Ken was very involved in the Bellville Community. He worked with the youth league, pool and various civic activities. Family parties were planned often for birthdays with card games and homemade ice cream. Ken was a great teacher and example of contentment-in all stages of his life.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Gwen & Ken Kurtz of Bellville; three sons and daughters-in-law James & Pam Mowry and Dale & Cora Mowry all of Bellville and Larry & Dottie Mowry of Mansfield; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Dorothy Mowry and Faithe Mowry both of Bellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His devoted wife of 62 years Elsie (Armstrong) Mowry preceded him in death on June 13, 2001. Also deceased are his brothers Carl, Chester, Clyde and Melvin Mowry and sisters Mildred Shaffer and Florence Yarger.
The Mowry family will receive friends Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Visitation will continue Monday from 10-11am in New Life Church of Christ, 194 West Durbin Avenue, Bellville, where the worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Ken Mowry will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor Dan Noe and Gary Porter, director of the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad or Christian Children’s Home of Ohio and may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mowry family and condolences to them may be made online at:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com