CUMBERLAND - Merle R. Lowery, 66 of Cumberland, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 13, 1939, in Neffsville, Pa., a son of the late Walter and Sarah "Sadie" (DeVore) Lowery. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Marshall Lowery, Carl Lowery, and Robert Lowery; and sisters, Mary Dawson, Rosella Huffman, Tinabelle Frank, and Leona Piper.

He is survived by, Linda (Clites) Lowery, his wife of 36 years, whom he married March 23, 1970; a son, Ross Lowery and fiancé Christina Clark of Cumberland; a daughter, Karen Lowery of Cumberland; a brother, Eugene Lowery of Indiana; sisters, Betty Piper of Corriganville; Geneva Twigg of Huntington, W.Va.; Mildred Dawson of Cumberland; and Wilma Lease of Mount Savage; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lowery worked in the track department for CSX Railroad for 36 years. He also enjoyed farming and taking care of his animals.

Friends will be received at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home, 169 Clarence St., Hyndman, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ken Korns officiating.

Interment will follow at Porter Cemetery.

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