December 3, 2015
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Harry Lewis “Doc” Sowers, age 94, resident of Willard, Ohio peacefully entered the splendor and glory of heaven on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Mercy Willard Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 11, 1921 in Bellville, Ohio, the son of the late Charlie A. and Goldie (Lewis) Sowers. Doc was a graduate of the Johnsville High School and then the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He had served in the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program while in college. Dr. Sowers was a self-employed veterinarian and later was employed by the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture in Disease Control for twenty years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Merridelle (DePue) Sowers, whom he married on April 10, 1948 at Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church in Johnsville, Ohio; four children, Nancy (Jon) Krieger of Perrysville, William (Daryl) Sowers of Wooster, Dave (Gail) Sowers of Willard, Martin Sowers of Willard; three grandchildren, Jeremy (Krista) Sowers of Willard, Krista (Richard) Fitzsimmons of Wooster, Kari (John) Krabill of Loudonville; 4 great grandchildren, Jerett and Kalli Sowers and Kaley and Morgan Fitzsimmons.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean (Sowers) Snyder.
Harry Sowers had a gentle humble spirit and was a man of integrity. He loved the outdoors filled with animals, birds and natural beauty, all of which brought him inner satisfaction and peace. Growing up on a Morrow County farm with godly parents instilled a foundation of faith to pass on as a legacy to his family. Among the many ministries that brought him joy were: making pies from his apple orchard for shut-ins, friends, and neighbors; gardening and sharing the produce; and woodworking projects to give away. He was deeply devoted to his family, church and community. He never knew a stranger and treated everyone with highest respect. His humble life has touched so many others.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Monday, December 7, 2015 from Twelve Noon to 3:00 P.M. with the funeral service at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Bill Sowers and Rev. Doug Beggs officiating. A private burial will be held in the Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville, Ohio at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Willard, Ohio or the Les Feldick Ministries, 30706 W. Lona Valley Rd., Kinta, OK 74552. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Dear Sowers Family,
I was sorry to hear of Doc’s passing. He was a very tender dear man who was loved by many.
May God give you peace as you face these difficult days of loss.
Bill, Dave, Marty, and the rest of the Sowers family:
It was sad to hear the new of Mr. Sowers’ passing. Kind thoughts and prayers are headed your way. May God grant you strength and peace for the days ahead, and many fond memories for years to come.
Dave,Gail,Marty and family. So very sorry to hear of the death of your father. May God Be With You All at this sad time.
To the Sowers family – Our deepest condolences for your family’s loss.
Dear Friends, I was saddened to read that your husband and father died. Merribelle, I so enjoyed painting class with you. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May fond memories and friends comfort you. You can be proud of his life and work.
To the Sowers family, my childhood was filled with many adventures most of them at mr&mrs sowers house. In the woods, by the pond, or playing basketball in the barn. I remember after trick or treat mr& mrs sowers saying dont forget to come over for cider and doughnuts. They gave me many learning skills as I was growing up but what I remember most is the feeling of love, peace and safety I had being around them. It was the love they had for everyone even the animals he took care of. Mr sowers was the most humbled gentle man I ever knew and I am a better person today because of him.he will always be remembered. Brenda Hicks Featheringill
My childhood memories include hoping to sit near Doc and Mrs Sowers in church-they were always so welcoming and friendly. When my grandma was ill, Doc took time every day to drive my grandpa to see her and we will forever be grateful for his selflessness and generosity. The legacy he has passed on through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren is a testament to his faith and will live on through them. Doc has touch so many and we are blessed to have known him. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. God bless you all.
I am so sorry to read about your loss, but I know that Doc was welcomed in Heaven with great celebration! I have always held each and every one of you in high esteem, and cannot help but smile when I think of you. What a wonderful way to grow up, surrounded by such Godly people. Wish I could be with you tomorrow, but sending love and prayers!
The Sowers Family – Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are for you in these days ahead. What a gracious, precious life that truly gave the glory to the Lord. We thank the Lord for the gift of his life to so many. May God’s comfort and blessing be with your entire family.
Dave and Family, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He will be remembered always. Trust that God has a plan for him. My deepest sympathy.
Dear Mrs.Sowers, Nancy, Bill, Dave, Marty and families. I just read that a wonderful, Christ-like unforgetable gentleman has gone home ahead of us. Doc was beautifully described in the obituary. Trying to add words would not reveal how much like Jesus Doc lived. I am saddened for how much you folks will miss him, but I rejoice with you that he is in the presence of our Saviour, our Lord and Eternal King Jesus. “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen, Come Lord Jesus. With great love and respect, Denny and Gwyn Draime, Apache Junction, Arizona
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your loved one.I have known him for many years and found him to be a great nearby neighbor. I,m sure he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.May God be with the family.
Dave,Gail,and family so sorry for the lose of your dad.
Dear Mrs. Sowers, Bill, Nancy, David and Marty..It was with great sadness that I hear that DR Sowers has moved on, however, what he has left behind will live forever. As I look around at my own life, I see the Sowers family, especially DR and Mrs. Sowers, in all that I am and in all that I do. There is no earthly reason why I should have a doctorate and have carried on the loving and kind work to others in the way that I do, other than the teachings of Dr. Sowers and Mrs. Sowers and the love and attention they showed me. They instilled in me that I can accomplish anything, they passed on the love of God to me and in doing so, I am able to pass that same love on to my son and all that I meet. I hear myself saying things to my own patients that I did not learn in a text, but learned in the many one on one conversations with your dad and mom. I thank you for sharing them with me. Those who I touch may never know and in turn those they touch may never know where this peace came from, but what DR and Mrs. Sowers have instilled will live on. My thoughts, my prayers and my sincere gratitude are with all of you today as my obligations to others prevent me from being there, yet know that my heart is there with all of you as well. Thanks again to a wonderful family. Your dad’s inspiration truly lives on. Lenny
Dave & Family,
Sorry to hear about your Dad.
He was one of the nicest persons, along with your Mother that I have ever know.
My prayers go for you and your family at this time. Jerry
To the Sowers family – Please accept my condolences on Doc’s passing. He was a sweet man. May God in His mercy grant you all comfort and peace.
Cynthia Lewellen Branham