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Vernon Lester McDowell

Vernon Lester McDowell

Male 1926 - 2010  (83 years)

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  • Name Vernon Lester McDowell 
    Born 19 Dec 1926  Rippey, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Jul 2010  Perry, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 02 Aug 2010  Rippey Cemetery, Rippey, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I415  Thompson
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2012 

    Father Lester Ralph McDowell,   b. 25 Dec 1903, Boone County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1987, Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Delia Alice Nicholas,   b. 30 Jun 1907, Rippey, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1999, Perry, Dallas County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1926  Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lois Arlene Pittman 
    Children 
    +1. Janice Ilene McDowell
    +2. Marilyn Jean McDowell
    +3. Cheryl Ann McDowell
    +4. Donna Denise McDowell
    +5. Rodney Eugene McDowell
    +6. Julie Marie McDowell
    Last Modified 23 Nov 2003 
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos Delia and three of her children
    Left to right: Brownie (Daryl), Verda, Delia and Vernon, taken Jun 1997. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Vernon Lester McDowell
    Vernon Lester McDowell
    Taken in 1997.
    Vernon Lester McDowell
    Vernon Lester McDowell
    Vernon Lester McDowell

  • Notes 
    • Vernon was a twin with Verda Delia McDowell.

      Vernon served in the U.S. Navy.

    Died:
    • A Celebration for the life of Vernon Lester McDowell was held at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry Iowa on Monday, August 2, 2010.
      Otley Masonic Lodge #299, Perry, Iowa held a service on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 7:00 p. m.
      Words of comfort were conducted by Rev. Louis Hoger, Hospice of Central Iowa Chaplain.
      Music was provided by Midge Vannatta, who accompanied Meladee Graven and Jean Borgeson as they sang, "Amazing Grace". Great-grandson, Tyler Parker, sang, "When I Get Where I Am Going", accompanying himself on his guitar.
      Honorary casket bearers were, Cody Ridnour, David Ridnour, Tyler Parker, Brian Miller, Joseph Krause, and Randy Holland. Casket bearers were Kurt Ridnour, Louis Miller, Scott Miller, Johathan Krause, Alexander Harris and Forrest Parker.
      Interment was in the Rippey Cemetery, Rippey, Iowa. The Navy Funeral Honors graveside rites were provided by the American Legion Post #85 and Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post #2060.
      Vernon L. McDowell age 83, of Perry died on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Dallas County Hospital in Perry. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Visitation will be Sunday, August 1, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Masonic Lodge service at 7:00 p.m. at Carris Family Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Central Iowa and may be left at the Funeral Home.
      Vernon Lester McDowell was born on December 19, 1926 at Rippey, IA to Lester Ralph and Delia Alice (Nicholas) McDowell. He graduated from Rippey High School. Following graduation he served in the United States Navy during W.W. II. He married Lois Arlene Pittman on May 16, 1947 at the First Christian Church in Perry. They were married for 63 years. Vernon owned and operated McDowell Auto Service in Dawson, then began working for Perry Community Schools as the Transportation Supervisor until he started working for John Deere Works in Ankeny, IA as a machinist. After retiring from John Deere he worked at Jefferson Transmission in Jefferson, IA for a few years.
      Vernon was a member of the First Christian Church and later attended the Rippey and Dawson United Methodist Churches. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #85 and the Otley Masonic Lodge #209 both in Perry. He loved woodworking, working on cars, trucks, pickups, tractors and was still working on them in his dreams. He was a jack of all trades, with many ideas he was still thinking about. He enjoyed flowers, birds, and especially his cat "Winky".
      Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Delia McDowell, and an infant sister, Donna Jean McDowell.
      Survivors include his wife, Lois McDowell of Perry, IA, children, Janice Miller (Louis) of Hortonville, WI, Marilyn Anderson of Dawson, IA, Cheryl Harris of Cedar Rapids, IA, Donna Ridnour (Kurt) of Perry, IA, Rodney McDowell (Rosie) of Des Moines, IA and Julie Holland (Randy) of Perry, IA, grandchildren, Shelly Parker (Forrest), Scott Miller, Melissa Radditz (Austin), Joseph Krause (Flora), Sarah Krause, Jonathan Krause (Cassie), Alexander Harris, Sarah Ridnour, Cody Ridnour, David Ridnour, Jason McDowell (Michelle), Brenda Miller (Brian), Alex Hoffman, Emily Hoffman, Kelsey Holland and Kayla Holland, 14 great grandchildren, his twin sister, Verda Kever of Granger, IA, brother, Daryl "Brownie" McDowell of Jamaica, IA and many other relatives and friends.

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