Lowell Nevada Menchhofer, 91, of Portland, IN passed away on April 23, 2016 at Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Lowell was born September 21, 1924 at home in Washington Township, Ohio the son of Daniel and Alice May (Schroyer) Menchhofer.
He graduated from Fort Recovery High School class of 1942. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Army during WWII. During the war on December 8, 1943 he married his sweetheart, Martha Alberta Somers and they settled in Portland, Indiana. After the war Lowell took advantage of the GI bill to get a degree from Capitol University, and spent many of his working years as an insurance agent in Portland. He was an active member and positively contributed to Zion Lutheran Church during his life. Lowell and Alberta lived, raised their children, met their grandchildren and great grandchildren in the home they made in Portland. They celebrated 70 years of marriage before Alberta's passing in 2014. Friends and family remember Lowell as having a quick wit, delivering clever one liners that brought easy laughter to every moment. He loved a good discussion, a good puzzle, and to spend time with family. He was always available for a wise word of advise. He and Alberta kept a garden and cooked at home for every meal so of course everyone loved to eat there. Lowell was proud of the family legacy he watched blossom before him over the years and we are proud to call him our Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Alberta Menchhofer (Somers), a sister Leila Maury (Menchhofer), two brothers George Ivan and Albert Irvin Menchhofer and grandson Ben Enyart.
Surviving are his sister Marcell Yarian (Menchhofer) and his four daughters Brenda Bradley (husband Jack), Carol Orr (husband Larry), Marla Laux (husband Jim) and Anita Enyart (husband Don). Also eight grandchildren Heather Kime, Kim Adkins, Sean Enyart, Tansy Williams, Clare Rakestraw, Andrew Orr, Casie Meijome and Missy Orr. Nine great grandchildren Jordan, Trinity, Taylor, Brett, Foss, Dylan, Frederick, Abby and one more on the way (Anna). Finally of course many nieces and nephews who loved him as well.
The family invites relatives and friends to share thoughts and memories during visitation on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday April 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Wabash Ohio. Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Choice of the Donor.