Lowery Irvin G. Lowery, age 90, of Columbus, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014 after battling cancer for two years. He was born December 9, 1923 to the late Percy and Helen Lowery. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol R. Lowery. He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Green-Rutanen; his sister, Wanda Smith (Bob); and his nephew, Gary Smith. He was a graduate of East High School ('41), received his BS Degree from The Ohio State University ('48) and did post-graduate work at Michigan State University's School of Labor and Industrial Relations ('66). He did his military service with the U.S. Navy ('43-'45). He had a varied career in both community service and private enterprise. He was Assistant Director/Administration, Ohio State Department of Insurance; Deputy Director /Administration, Ohio Department of Liquor Control; Deputy Administrator, Ohio Bureau of Employment Services; Special Assistant to the Franklin County Commissioner for Employment and Training Programs; Deputy Director of the Columbus Urban League. He had also been involved in the wholesale beer business, vice-president of an automobile dealership and was an automobile wholesaler. He had served as consultant to The Ohio State University College of Education, Department of Counseling on Vocational and Minority Group Counseling; to the Human Resources Development Program of the Ohio State Employment Service on the Dynamics of the Negro in Employment, Education and the Negro Community; to Columbus Manpower Coordinating Committee (CAMPS). He was a past member of the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council; Secretary-Treasurer of the National Urban League Economic Development and Employment Council; Central and Southeastern Ohio Advisory Council on Rehabilitative Services; Board of Trustees, Columbus Area Development and Training School; Steering Committee of Columbus Technical Institute; Situation and Crisis Commission of the Metropolitan Area Church Board; Model Cities Employment, Economic Development Task Force; Central Ohio Personnel and Guidance Association; Ohio Advisory Council of Vocational Education; Chairman's Council Franklin County Democratic Party. He had spent his life lending his voice to the issues of local economic development and contributing to problem-solving focusing on job training and employment. He was a devoted family man, an inveterate golfer and he enjoyed cooking. Friends may call Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 4383 East Broad Street, where the Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irvin Lowery's name to the Community Kitchen, 640 South Ohio Avenue, 43205. Arrangements completed by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 East Broad Street. Visit www.egan-ryan.com to offer condolences.
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403 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 13, 2014