MOUNT VERNON — A funeral service for Virgil Jerry Sowards, 68, formerly of Utica, will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home, with Bruce Hissong officiating. Burial will follow in Bell Cemetery.
Jerry died Sept. 22, 2013, at The Laurels of Mount Vernon.
He was born March 24, 1945, in Wooster, to the late Virgil F. and Golda G. (Fish) Sowards. Jerry was a 1964 graduate of Danville High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-68 and was employed by Hisan of Mount Vernon.
He is survived by his stepchildren, Bernard (Cindy) Austermiller of Frazeysburg, Robert (Colleen) Austermiller of Galion, Bruce (Cindy) Austermiller of Zanesville, William Austermiller of Oregon, Ben Austermiller of Mount Vernon, Lucy (Johnny) Argentis of Pennsylvania; brother, Terry Sowards of Coshocton; sisters, Jade McGowan of Clarksville, Ga., Wanda Singh of Atlanta, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta C. (Billman) Sowards, who passed away Nov. 29, 2004; and sisters, Romonia Jean Frazer, Norma Lee Farley and Dolly (Lloyd) Martin.
Visit www.law-bakerfuneralhome.com to extend condolences to the family.
Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N Main St., Utica, is assisting the family with arrangements.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.