Lowell Eugene Endicott, 83, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon.
He was born April 12, 1934, in Lebanon, the son of the now late Loyal and Laverne (Bart) Endicott. In November 1934, Lowell lost his father in a plane crash, and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Nolan Lee Endicott.
On Sept. 5, 1964, he was married to Susan M. Stafford at Centenary United Methodist Church , Lebanon; she survives. Lowell entered heaven on their 53rd wedding anniversary.
A lifelong resident of Lebanon, Lowell was a 1952 graduate of Lebanon High School. He worked for Russell and Hitch right out of high school, when it was an ambulance service for the community. He also was a mechanic for Fred Seiss Ford until he was drafted in 1956 into the United States Army 6 Core 972nd Combat Engineer Battalion - Sgt. E5. Lowell served during the Korean War, but was stationed in Ulm, Germany, with the Engineer Corp, rebuilding bridges, runways and roads. Ulm was where his ancestors were from on his mother's side.
Lowell served his country honorably until 1962, which included the Cuban Crisis. He was chosen to go on the Indy Honor flight in 2015, with 200 other Veterans from Indiana. He felt honored to be chosen and honored to serve his country. He received 100 cards of congratulations for serving his country.
Recently Lowell enjoyed helping with the Operation Freedom Cares program at the Freedom Church, supporting our troops serving our country. He loved packing boxes with the items, because he had received many love packages from home when he served.
When Lowell retuned from the service, he worked for the Boone County REMC from 1962 to 1968. In September 1968 he began working for the Lebanon Community School Corporation as superintendent of transportation, working on school buses. He enjoyed driving students to different activities.
He also was a band booster parent and took great pleasure in transporting the Lebanon Tiger Pride band, including his two sons, to band contests. In addition, Lowell enjoyed driving the school bus to and from basketball games. He worked for the school corporation for 27 years, then began working for Roberts Farm Equipment and stayed 10 years. During his retirement, Lowell worked part time at Myers Mortuary, assisting in various capacities.
In 2002 and 2015, he and Susan received the Indiana Friends of Extension Award from Purdue University and the Boone County Friends of Extension Award here in Boone County for all of their hard work. He and Susan also were inducted into the Boone County 4-H Hall of Fame.
Lowell was a committed 4-H leader, volunteering for 25 years for the 4-H Clovers Club, and was quite the float builder. He had helped many years with 4-H Leader Day and received his 25-year award at the Indiana State Fair in 2017. He had served on several committees within the 4-H program.
The Endicott family had enjoyed hosting students from Japan and Germany since 1983, as they were coordinators through Boone County 4-H. Lowell and Susan traveled to visit the students, once attending a wedding of one of the teachers they hosted. Lowell traveled to Germany to visit Lars Huber and to attend his wedding. Lars had stayed one school year with the Endicotts. Lowell also had the opportunity to visit Ulm again, where he had been stationed in previous years.
Lowell grew up in the First Presbyterian Church, where his family were members. When Lowell and Susan met in 1962 at the Lebanon Bowling Alley, they began going to Centenary United Methodist, Church where the Rev. James Morin was minister; that became their church together. They became members, married there and raised Karl and Gordon in Centenary.
As a longtime member of Centenary, he served as Sunday school teacher for 25 years for the 3rd- and 4th-graders, and on several committees within Centenary. He enjoyed MYF, working with the youth and chaperoning 10 years of mission trips with the Appalachian Service Project in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, repairing homes for families in the mountains.
Lowell was on the board for several years with the Babe Ruth Baseball League in Lebanon. He and Susan also had participated in the Citizens Academy Classes at the Boone County Sheriff's Office, helping at the parades and the Sheriff's trailer. Lowell always enjoyed giving stickers to the kids. He had much respect for law enforcement in our community. He and Susan both received the Spirit of the Community Award from the Boone County Sheriff's Office.
Lowell was a member of the Boone County Lodge #9 F&AM.
He loved his grandchildren dearly and their time spent at the beach and attending their golf tournaments. In addition, he enjoyed yard work, antiques, drawing and woodworking crafts.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Susan Endicott; sons, Karl (Gloria) Endicott of Chicago, Ill., and Gordon (Amy) Endicott of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren, Kyle Endicott, Brandon Endicott, Garrett Endicott and Kaitlyn Endicott; brother, Bart (Pam) Endicott of Vail, Ariz.; two sisters, Carol (Tony) Brown of Winter Haven, Fla., and Linda (James) Conn of Warrensburg, Mo.; and nieces and nephews. Lowell was preceded in death by his father, Loyal; his mother, Laverne; and his stepfather, Nolan.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 910 Fordice Road, Lebanon. Masonic Rites will begin at 7 p.m. at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the church, with the Rev. Glen Jewell and the Rev. Anthony Stone officiating. Interment with military rites will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon.
Myers Mortuary, Lebanon, has been entrusted with his care.
Memorials may be made in Lowell's honor to Centenary United Methodist Church, 910 Fordice Rd., Lebanon, IN 46052; or Thorntown Christian Church, 125 W. Main St., Thorntown, IN 46071; or to the Boone County 4-H Clubs, 1300 E. 100 S, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on September 8, 2017