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Lowell J. Francis
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  • Grand Lake Hospice
    1122 E. Spring St.
    St. Marys, OH 45885

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New Bremen, OH 45869
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“Lowell was in our high school graduating class of 1946 in Russia. His nickname was Grouse and he was well-liked by everyone who knew him. I am...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Norbert Simon - Bastrop, TX

“I knew Lowell when I was a little girl. When I went to see my Grandmaat the Rubber plant,we saw Lowell who we knew from Bolly's. Mr.and Mrs.Francis...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Lori Gilbert-Petitjean - Russia, OH

3 of 15 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“Lucille, Dick and I want to offer you our heartfelt condolences. Sorry that we will not be able to attend viewing or the funeral but Dick has...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Dick and Linda Anderson - OH

“Oh Lucille, I am so sad to see this. Lowell had been on my mind lately and I almost emailed you about 10 times to ask about him. Now I wish I had. ...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Sandy Newman - Miamisburg, OH

“Lucille,Sending my sincere sympathy.Lowell was a kind man who was always willing to extend a helping hand to others. I remember what a great friend...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Joyce Ruedebusch - New Bremen, OH

“To the family may the God of tender mercies be with you in your time of sorrow because he cares so much for you.1 Peter 5 7 ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Lowell was always a very friendly man who will be missed by many. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Rodney Suchland

“RIP Lowell! Such a kind-hearted man who had a smile on his face that lit a room up. Always called the aides at Elmwood a sweetheart. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Michelle Fisher - Wapak, OH

“Sorry to hear of his passing. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Regina Strohink - Muskogee, OK

“My sympathy to Lucille and Kathy.Prayers for everyone. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Cheryl and Roger Barlage

“Lowell was such a great person to work with. My condolences ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa Seitz - Maria stein, OH

“Lucille - Our sympathy to you. Always enjoyed visiting with Lowell at the Hotel years ago and since then, altho we didn't get to see him as often...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Duane and Alice Hartwig

“May the God of comfort bring the family and friends peace in their time of grief. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“May you Rest In Peace Uncle Lowell. I will forever remember our Thanksgiving Football Festivities, sports conversations and you getting mad at me in...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Steve Topp - OH - Family


Of New Bremen, died on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 8:48 P.M. at the Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen. He was born on December 15, 1928 in Loramie Twp., Shelby County, near Russia, Ohio, the son of the late Frederick F. and Florence A. (Bonie) Francis. On July 1, 1961 he married Lucille M. Topp, at the St. Remy Church Rectory in Russia, Ohio, and she survives in New Bremen. Also surviving is a sister Audrey Monnin of Russia, two sisters-in-laws; Kathy Topp of New Bremen, and Jane Topp of Ft. Meyers, FL, and a number of nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by his siblings; Herbert Francis, Paul Francis, Edna Treon, Ruth Monnin, Harold Francis, Kenneth Francis, Dolores Siegel, Joseph Francis, and Margie Schlecty; and a brother-in-law Stanley L. Topp.

Lowell was a 1946 graduate of Russia High School. He proudly served his country during the Korean War as a Corporal in the U.S. Army, Artillery division. He had been an active member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, and for many years, served as an usher at the church. He was a member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen, the New Bremen Rod & Gun Club, the Knights of Columbus in Russia, Ohio, and the former Men's Garden Club of New Bremen. He was a regular at Bolly's Restaurant where he enjoyed playing cards and greeting the people as they entered. For many years, he was a sexton at the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. He worked for 22 years at the former Seiberling Latex Products of New Bremen, and then for 21 years at Crown Equipment Corp. of New Bremen, until his retirement in 1991.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, with the Rev. Father Tim Ralston and Deacon Mr. Greg Bornhorst officiating. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, two hours prior to the mass from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, at which time the rosary will be prayed. The family asks that Memorial Contributions be made to the Grand Lake Hospice. Condolences to the Francis family can be left online at