Created on Monday, 10 December 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Dallas W. Dowell Jr., 81, of West Mansfield, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at his home.
He was born at Buckeye Lake on June 28, 1931, to the late Dallas W. Sr. and Ilo May Moffitt Dowell.
On Sept. 25, 1955, he married Eloise Fields at the home of his bride’s parents in York Center and she preceded him in death Dec. 24, 2011. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Dowell.
Survivors include his two sons, Michael (Melanie) Dowell of North Lewisburg and Tony (Tami) Dowell of Zanesfield; six grandchildren, Amy (Matt) Soter, Shane (Michelle) Dowell, Adam (Karen) Dowell, Abby (Randy) Albert, Travis (fiancée Ashley Wonkovich) Collier and Clint (fiancée Samantha Handel) Dowell; four great-grandchildren, Jayden and Emmi Dowell, and Ethan and Avery Dowell, and looked forward to the arrival of his fifth great-grandchild in February; four sisters, Doris Raver of Johnstown, Carol Roberts of Howard, Marilou (Bill) Rowley of Johnstown and Beverly (Bud) Elliott of Columbus; a brother, Jack (Mary Ann) Dowell of South Carolina; two sisters-in-law, Martha Heizer of Reynoldsburg and Rebecca (Sonny) Martindale of Kenton; several nieces and nephews; and his church family.
He was retired from Siemens Mfg. after 17 years as a supervisor and 35 years of total service, and was engaged in farming for five years prior.
A faithful and proud member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, he served his country for three years and three months in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of West Mansfield American Legion Post 603.
He will be remembered as a longtime 4-H adviser and Little League coach in West Mansfield, and in recent years was a very active volunteer with West Mansfield Wednesday School.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling, and was especially proud to have made the veterans Honor Flight this past September.
More than anything, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and treasured the time he spent with his family.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mannasmith Funeral Home, Marysville. The Rev. Steve Brown officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 28941 January Road at State Route 47, West Mansfield. Burial with military honors conducted by the Union County Honor Guard follows at York Cemetery, York Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Mansfield Wednesday School and Honor Flight.
Express condolences at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.