Monday, October 29, 2012

Lowell C. Horwedel, Sr., BHS 1950

Lowell C. Horwedel, Sr., BHS 1950

Lowell C. Horwedel, Sr., 79, of Otterbein, died, Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus. He was born November 27, 1932, in Cleveland, OH, to the late Albert & Mildred (Hackel) Horwedel. He married Dorothy Anne Deupree, June 21, 1958, in North Hollywood, CA & she survives. He graduated Burbank High School in 1950 & completed University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Management majoring in Chemistry. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, where he served, as a Medic & with the Battalion Headquarters for Transportation.

He had worked at Electrofilm, Inc, in North Hollywood, CA from 1956 until 1971, serving as Vice President/General Manager of the Lubricants Division from 1969 until 1971. He then went on to work at Microseal Corporation (now E/M Corporation) a subsidiary of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, as Vice President of Operations. Within a year, he was promoted to President of Microseal & appointed to the Board of Directors. From 1984 until 1997, he served as Vice President of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, West Lafayette, IN, retiring with the sale of E/M Corporation. From 1996 until 1997, he also served as Vice Chairman of E/M Corporation. Upon retiring, he worked part-time, for a year, as Vice Chairman of E/M Corporation (now wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Crucible, plc, Windsor, England in charge of International acquisitions, looking for & negotiating purchases of companies worldwide to make E/M Corporation more global). He also, worked part-time as Executive Vice President & CEO of International Lubrication & Fuel Consultants. Starting in 2001, he served as Chairman of the Board of International Lubrication & Fuel Consultants, Rio Rancho, NM.

He was active in the Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers, holding all administrative offices & chairing several technical committees; the Professional Currency Dealers Association, retired President & currently serving on the Board of Governors; for the past 12 years he served on & was President of 5 years, of the Foundation Board of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette; he served on or worked with the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Board of Directors for the past 27 years; for the past 8 years he has served on the Otterbein Town Council & was currently the President. He was also active in the Community Cancer Network & was currently on their Board of Directors. He was also a Distinguished Kentucky Colonel. In 2006, he was the recipient of the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award from the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels. Tippecanoe County State Representative Shelia Klinker presented this award, one of the highest tributes given by the state to individuals of great honor amongst the citizenry, at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

Surviving with his Wife, Dorothy Anne Horwedel, Otterbein, are 2 Daughters, Nancy Willard, Husband Jerry, Burbank, CA; Mary Fultz, Husband Mike, Otterbein; Son Charlie Horwedel, Wife Sheri, Otterbein; 8 Grandchildren, Brandon, Wife Lori, & Sierra Fultz, Kayse & Kameron Willard & Samantha, Tyler, Garrett & Shyann Horwedel; 2 Great-Grandchildren, Reagan & Hunter Fultz & Brother, Jerry Horwedel, Wife Carol, Keene CA.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 5-8 PM, with Rosary at 5 pm, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, Otterbein. Funeral Mass will be, at 10:30 AM, Friday, October 26, 2012, at St. Charles Catholic Church, Otterbein, with Father Robert Klemme officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette. Memorial Contributions, may be made, to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette or Community Cancer Network.

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