Kendall Lee Mowell, age 63, of Killeen, Texas, passed away on October 16, 2021, at Kindred Hospital in Arlington, Texas.
Visitation will be at Sneed Funeral Chapel from 9 to 9:30 a.m on Saturday, October 23, 2021. There will be a prelude concert starting at 10 am at First Presbyterian Church Lampasas, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am at the church with interment to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas.
Ken was born on October 18, 1957, to Jerry and Pat Mowell of Snyder, Texas. His family moved to Brownfield when he was five years old. Ken completed grades one through 12 in Brownfield public schools. He earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. He received an invitation to The Royal School of Church Music in London, UK, to dedicate himself to the promotion of music and conducting Christian worship. Ken earned his master's degree in Organ Performance and completed the coursework in Religious Studies towards his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University.
Ken began his career at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo. From there, he became the minister of music for First United Methodist Church in Killeen. Ken then spent many years at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, and he ended his career at First Presbyterian Church in Lampasas. In addition to his ministry work, Ken was an adjunct professor of Organ music at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. His passion for organ music led him to build his own pipe organ. After perfecting his craft he partnered with Viscount and began his new business as Viscount Organs of Central Texas. He installed several hybrid organs that will bring joy to many churches for years to come.
Ken was passionate about the Lord and music of many types. He had very diverse interests which included, nature, especially being in the mountains of Ruidoso. He enjoyed boating, golfing, floral design, photography, woodworking, and playing practical jokes on many people. Animals of all types were at the top of his list of passions. He made friends with all of them, the bond he shared with Chester, and his sidekicks, Katie and Sis, was a special one. Perhaps the most powerful bond he shared was with Zebo A. Burro, a donkey that was truly a best friend to Ken.
Ken was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Mowell.
Survivors include his mother, Pat Mowell of Brownfield, Texas; wife, Marcia; children, Ryan Mowell of Lampasas, and Leanne and Tim Drell of Lampasas; grandson, Jace Liam Drell. Jace only had a handful of visits with his Paw, but each one was a blessing from God. He also leaves behind his sister, Janet Spencer, and her children of Brownfield; father-in-law, Bill Wadsworth; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Buzz and Carol Wadsworth, all of Massachusetts, many wonderful cousins, and he was blessed to have many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken's name to the Lampasas Animal Shelter, 301 College St, Lampasas, TX, 76550.