John Beers Dowell, 90 years old, Stillwater, Oklahoma resident, passed away Monday, August 2, 2004, at Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater, Okla. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 6, 2004, with the Rev. Richard Poe and Rev. Mike Snider. Internment will be held at Fairlawn in Stillwater, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
John was born on November 21, 1913, in Arnett, Oklahoma, to Frank Dowell and Elma Beers Dowell. He graduated from the Arnett School district, following which he got married to his wife, Lorene Freeman on September 24, 1939, in Elk City, Oklahoma.
After his marriage he became a crop farmer raising broom corn in Ellis County. In 1946, he moved to Payne County and ran his own dairy farm with his brother, Mark, raising wheat and was a school bus driver for the Perkins School District. In 1957, the family moved to Stillwater where he worked for Paul Burch Dodge Dealership as a mechanic. In 1963, he became the custodial supervisor for the Church of Christ. He later became the stock room clerk for the Bio Chemistry Department, where he worked until his retirement at OSU at the age of 70 years old. In his spare time he loved yard work and gardening as well as spending time with his grandchild and great-grandchildren, who were the highlight of his life.
He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene, December 22, 2002; his parents; and brother, Mark Dowell.
Survivors include one daughter, Louise King of Stillwater, Oklahoma; one grandchild Janet and her husband Sean Duncan of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and two great-grandchildren, Vivian and Brody Duncan of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Condolences may be emailed to the family via website at www.strodefh.com
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