Elva Lowder, 95, of Kettering, Ohio went home to be with His Savior on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Hospice of Dayton. Born July 30, 1921 in Greenup County, Kentucky, Elva was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Helen Katherine Wood Lowder who he married on December 8, 1942.

In addition to his parents, James Dewey and Maxie Clark Lowder, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Clifford Lowder, a sister, Ernestine Clark NesSmith and five half siblings, Easter Jordan, Mary Gulley, Craig Preston, Dennis Preston, and Margie Preston.

Elva attended Rio Grande High School and worked on the family farm in the Cora Community of Gallia County before he was drafted into the army, September 14, 1942 and served in North Africa and Italy before his honorable discharge on November 22, 1945. He was employed at the Mound Lab, Miamisburg for 33 years. He was a former member of the Westwood (later renamed Far Hills) Baptist Church and recently worshiped at Blessed Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son, John Edward Lowder of Cincinnati, his daughter, Wilma Joyce (Ralph) Glass of Las Vegas, Nevada, two granddaughters, Laura Dawn Kistler, and Kristin Nicole (Kirk) Grimm, and three great grandchildren, Jensyn Jersey, Joshua Zachrison, and Gillian Grimm all also of Las Vegas. He is also survived by his nephew Earl Keith Lowder, niece Debbie Popescu and several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at French City Baptist Church on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. with the viewing starting at noon. Pastors Mark Williams and H.C. O’Bryant will officiate.

Burial will follow in Old Pine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Lowder, Ralph Glass, Joshua Zachrison, Kirk Grimm, Larry Camden, and Preston Jordan.

Memorial contributions can be made to the French City Baptist Church, 3554 St. Rt.160, Gallipolis, Ohio 45614, Blessed Hope Baptist Church, 3151 Annabelle Dr., Kettering, Ohio 45429 or
Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45420 in Elva’s memory.

Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral home is assisting the family. An on-line guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com