GENE L. LOWDEN, 78, of Leo, died on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his residence. Born April 1, 1934, in Fort Wayne, he graduated from Central High School in 1952. He married his wife, Carolynn J. (Arthur) on Feb. 27, 1954. He retired in 2005 as Director of Buildings and Grounds for Allen County. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time at his vacation home in Bois Blanc Island, Mich. Surviving are his wife, Carolynn J.; daughters, Sheree (Roger) Artherhults of Leo and Teresa (David) Longsworth of Fort Wayne; sons, Mark Lowden of Leo, Christopher (Amy) Lowden of Woodburn and Cory Lowden (Mindy) of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Bonnie Hartman of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton R. and Berdean M. (Smith) Lowden; brother, James Lowden; and beloved dog, Natty. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Road. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo. Preferred memorials to Parkview Home Health & Hospice or Coast Guard Chapel of Bois Blanc Island, Mich.