Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
April 22, 2013 10:46 am EDT


FINDLAY — The Rev. Lowell R. Reeder, 84, of Findlay, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his residence.

Lowell was born in Mount Vernon, on April 9, 1929, to the late Robert Milton and Ruth (Vail) Reeder. On May 30, 1952, he married Phyllis A. Beers, and she preceded him in death May 1, 2007. On Nov. 1, 2008, he married Connie Groman Kolan, and she survives. He is also survived by daughters, Karla (Joe) Leonard of GrosseIle, Mich., Jennifer Ann (Kevin) Baum of West Chester and Lisa (Eric) McCartney of Columbia, S.C.; brother, Kenneth Reeder of Ark.; sister Betty (Henry) Edgerton of Chicago, Ill., grandchildren, Stephen, Sarah (Jeff) Normansell, Andrew Leonard, Emilee (Donavan) Joyner, Elizabeth Baum, Lauren and Abbey McCartney; stepchildren, David (Regina) Kolan, Anneliese Kolan, both of Findlay; stepgrandchildren, Adelei, Stefan and Arabelle.

Lowell was also preceded in death by three brothers, Neil Reeder, Robert Reeder and Dean Reeder; and a granddaughter, Merideth Baum.

He attended Taylor University and graduated from Ashland University and Weinbrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay. Lowell began his career as the pastor of the Evangelical Pietist Church of Chatfield, Ohio, and then with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Attica, Ohio, before serving for 16 years, from 1962-1978 at the West Independence United Methodist Church. He was instrumental in bringing the Bill Glass crusade to Findlay. He then pastored the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Findlay. Following retirement, Reeder served as the visitation pastor at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church for four years, and then as interim pastor of the McComb Presbyterian Church and the Columbus Grove Presbyterian Church. He was also the host of the show “Lifting the Latch” on WFOB Fostoria for many years. Lowell never stopped ministering and enjoyed talking with people. He was especially proud of his family.

Visitation will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home and for one hour (10 to 11 a.m.) prior to the service at the church. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, with Pastors Mark Hollinger Bill Reist officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Taylor University or the National Kidney Foundation. Condolences can be sent via

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