Lowell R. George

November 26, 1921 ‒ November 08, 2008

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Lowell R. George, age 86, of Mount Gilead died Saturday night, November 8, 2008, at the Woodside Village Care Center.

He was born in Morrow County, Ohio, on November 26, 1921, the son of the late Walter M. and Hazel F. Pinyerd George.

At a very young age, Lowell began developing problems with his eyesight. By the time he finished fifth grade his sight had gotten so bad that he was forced to quit school. At the age of 18, Lowell was completely blind.

Despite his disability, Lowell still took full advantage of what life had to offer. Times were tough growing up in the depression, but he still did all he could to help out on the family farm. He always found a way to get in a little mischief with his sisters.

Lowell was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and also the Edison United Methodist Church. Being dependent on others for a ride to church, there were always volunteers to make sure he was able to attend. At church, he had a passion for singing and playing his harmonica. He was very dedicated to reading God’s word in his braille Bible.

Music played an important role in Lowell’s life away from church also. When the family got together his father would play the fiddle and Lowell would accompany him on the harmonica. At Christmas time they would get together to play music and sing.

Lowell could talk your ear off if you let him. He loved to tell stories about growing up in the depression and long chats about farming. He enjoyed talking to the other Woodside residents about “the good old days.”

Lowell will be dearly missed by his sister, Doris Styer of Mount Gilead; his brother-in-law, Roy Styer of Mount Gilead; two nephews: Gene (Barb) Fissell of Ocala, Florida, and Ken (Shirley) Fissell of Deland, Florida; two nieces: Darla Styer of Columbus, and Cathy (Earl) Kimbleton of Marengo; and seven great nephews and nieces: Steve, David, Ginger, and Shawn Fissell, Tonya Rogue, Michael and Heather Hoffman.

In addition to his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Styer and brother-in-law, John Styer.

His family will greet friends on Wednesday, November 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, where services will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will take place in Bryn Zion Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio School for the Blind, 5520 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214 or to Woodside Village Care Center, 841 W. Marion Rd., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

The family would like to give a very special “Thank You” to all of the staff at Woodside Village for the wonderful, compassionate care they have provided to Lowell for over 28 years.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.