Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 22, 2013

Gerald Sowers

Effingham Daily News

TOLEDO — Gerald “Ray” Sowers, 84, of Toledo, passed away at 4 a.m. Feb. 21, 2013, at Heartland Christian Village, Neoga.

    Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Toledo Christian Church, Toledo. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial with military rites will be in Montrose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Toledo Christian Church, Heartland Christian Village or Gideon’s International. Online condolences may be expressed at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com. Barkley Funeral Chapel, Toledo, is in charge of arrangements.

    Ray was born on Jan. 3, 1929, in Jewett, the son of Ben and Ruth (Marrs) Sowers. He married Betty Carter Hall on Nov. 12, 1964. He was a member of the Toledo Christian Church, where he served faithfully as an elder and deacon for more than 40 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer; he also had been Sumpter Township Supervisor; was on the Cumberland school board and the Cumberland County Board.

    Surviving is his wife of 48 years; children, Glenn Hall of Toledo, Linda Hall Black (Pat) of Greenup, Nancy Sowers Zytka of Toledo, Angela Sowers Kroeger (Joe) of Teutopolis and Patrick Sowers (Debbie) of Casey; two brothers, Bennie (Phyllis) Sowers and Jim Sowers; and sister, Lois (Ronnie) Collins, all of Toledo; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Ray was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Emil, Millard and Johnnie Sowers; and sisters, Madonna McKinley and Frankie Aleshire.