COUDERSPORT - Lowell Winfield Ayers, 75, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (Aug. 6, 2014) in the Green Home of Wellsboro, with his loving wife by his side.
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Lowell was born on Jan. 15, 1939 in Coudersport, the son of Orland and Meta Watson Ayers. He was raised by his grandparents, Arthur and Blanche Ayers, of Coudersport. He graduated from Coudersport Area High School and on June 4, 1956, married Virginia Elaine Johnson, also of Coudersport.
Lowell graduated from Penn State University and served as chief meteorologist for Air Force One during Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations, while stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. After 24 years of honorable service to the United States Air Force, he retired and returned to Potter County. Lowell then acted as landfill manager for McKean County Solid Waste Authority in Mount Jewett. He also founded Ayers Hill Farm and raised Black Angus beef cattle, for which he received numerous awards for excellence in farming.
He attended Christ Episcopal Church of Coudersport. An avid outdoorsman, Lowell enjoyed trout fishing and deer hunting with his family. Lowell was a self-made man and an inspiration to his family and those who knew him.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Virginia of Coudersport; son, Jeffrey (Katherine) Ayers of Canandaigua, N.Y.; son Thomas (Patti) of Waterford, Va., and daughter Pamela (Salvatore) Parascandola of Lewisberry. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and five brothers.
Lowell's Life Celebration services will be held on Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church, 601 North Main St., Coudersport, with a receiving of friends and family from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow with the Rev. Janis Yskamp officiating. Burial will be in Ayers Hill Family Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Historical Society, 308 North Main St., Coudersport, or the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second St., Coudersport.
Arrangements handled by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 210 North East St., Coudersport.
Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd.
210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915
Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16, 2014