Lloyd Dale Sowards of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away February 23, 2020 of natural causes. Dale was born May 28, 1956 in Terre Haute to Archie Lloyd Sowards and Velma Jesse (Wright) Sowards, who preceded him in death.
Dale married his Bride Jeraldine (Handlin) Sowards on June 20, 1992, together they have one son Wyatt Joseph Sowards. From a previous marriage he has his son Patrick (Tally) Sowards, and two daughters Cindy (Kyle Thomas) Sowards; Amy (Michael) King, all of Terre Haute, Indiana. Additional survivors include his three sisters; ten grandchildren; several nephews and nieces; extended family members; and beloved friends.
Dale was a Navy Veteran. He was currently employed by Vigo County as the Code Enforcement Officer.
Dale loved life and lived it to the fullest. He found his passion of Cowboy Mounted Shooting in 2008. He reached the level of SM4. He was the 2019 Indiana SM4 State Champion; the IMR High Point Shotgun Champion; 2017 Indiana State High Point Men's Champion; and 2017 IMR Overall Champion. He was a CMSA Certified Range Master for several years and served on the IMR Board of Directors. He and his best friend James Watt were currently working with a new horse for the 2021 shooting season. He also enjoyed trail riding and cheering his friends on at Horse Shows.
He had been very active in Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Life Scout and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He served as a Cub Master, Troop Leader, and on the Eagle Board. He helped Wyatt and several other scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
He served as the Vigo County 4-H Shooting Sports Superintendent for 8 years; the Goat Club Superintendent for 2 years and Assistant Superintendent for 2 years. He judged several Exhibit Hall projects at the surrounding county fairs. He enjoyed teaching children life skills and loved
watching/helping his family and friends show horses, goats, and pigs.
Dale was a Certified Motorcycle Safety Instructor, teaching motorcycle safety for over 20 years. He was a Hunters Education Instructor, Certified C.P.R. Instructor, Indiana Correctional Officer Training Instructor, Certified Fire Fighter Instructor, and a PADI Rescue Suba Diver.
A Celebration of Life for Lloyd Dale Sowards will be held at a later date at the Cross Lane Community Church, 2204 Lafayette Ave, Terre Haute, IN.
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