Lowell Edmund Zechiel

October 02, 1924 ‒ October 14, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Lowell Edmund Zechiel, 95, of Delaware passed away peacefully Monday morning, October 14, 2019 at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 2, 1924 in Alliance, Ohio to the late Rev. Otto J. Zechiel and Hazel (Barber) Zechiel, the youngest of seven children. On August 20, 1948, he married the love of his life Marian Laughlin.

A graduate of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and Eden Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri, Lowell was ordained in 1949 following in the footsteps of a long family line of UCC clergy.

He was a retired pastor of The United Church of Christ serving four parishes in Ohio – Stone Creek/New Philadelphia, Kettering, Massillon, and Greenville and one parish in Port Huron, Michigan.

Lowell and his wife were active residents of Bristol Village Retirement Community in Waverly, Ohio before moving to Delaware in 2016.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Marian; sons, Richard (Beth) of Ostrander and Tim of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; daughter-in-law, Rita Zechiel; granddaughters, Sarah, Amanda, Rachel, and Heather; grandsons, Jeremy and Charles; eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Naomi Smith of Columbus.

In addition to his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by an infant daughter Miriam Elaine and a son Charles Zechiel.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Zion United Church of Christ, 51 W. Central Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Contributions in Lowell’s memory may be made to the Zion United Church of Christ.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

To share a fond memory of Lowell or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Dear Marian and family,
    Rev. Zechiel was a very special person in my life. He gave me the foundation and started me on the life journey that has been instrumental in my faith and relationship with our Lord and Savior that has grown strong over the years and which has helped me through many challenges in my life. I love both of you and admire your faith and the way you have lived your life with grace and love throughout the challenges that you have faced. May God hold you in his loving arms and grant you comfort and peace on this path that you walk until you meet again.
    In Christ’s love, Julie Wolfe Briggs formerly of St. John’s UCC

  • Dear Family of Rev. Zechiel,
    We extend to all of you our most heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your husband, grandfather, brother, and great grandfather. Pastor Lowell was an extraordinarly caring and loving man as he served as the shepherd of his “church flocks”. He will be missed by many but the love and compassion he imparted will be carried on for a lifetime.

    May God’s presence be with you all as you not only deal with the grief involved but celebrate his life in many different ways. May God’s special strength be with you today as in the coming weeks.

    God Bless You All!!

    Nancy and Bob Garver
    (Former members of Grace United Church of Christ-Masillon, Ohio)