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Dowell, George E.
George E. Dowell, age 92, of Knoxville, Illinois, died at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at his home in Knoxville, Illinois.

He was born January 26, 1917 in Disco, Illinois, the son of Walter and Ella Mae Rice Dowell. He married Margaret J. Lyon on September 23, 1945 in Galesburg, Illinois.

She preceded him in death on May 7, 1999.

Surviving are:

Two Daughters: Carolyn (Dennis) Anderson of St. Augustine, Illinois; Judy (Jim) Rutledge of Knoxville, Illinois;

Two Sons: Kenneth E. "Ken" (Corinne) Dowell of Lathrope Village, Michigan; James Dowell of Lake Mary, Florida;

Seven Granddaughters and Ten Great Grandchildren;

One Sister: Lois Coupland of Avon, Illinois;

One Brother: Denzil Dowell of Scottsdale, Arizona;

Preceded in death by his parents; wife and three brothers: Leslie, Wendell, and Cedric.

He was reared and educated north of Douglas, Illinois and graduated from Yates City High School. He served in the United States Army Air Force from October 14, 1941 until September 8, 1945 during World War II as a mechanic stationed in England. He received the American Defense Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Battle Stars, 5 Overseas Service Bars, 1 Service Stripe and the Good Conduct Medal.

He worked for Gale Products in Galesburg, Illinois as a tester and machine repairman.

He was a member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church of Knoxville, Illinois.

He was a former member of the Harry Philblad American Legion Post # 749 of Knoxville, Illinois and a former Boy Scout leader. He was a member of the New Horizons of Knoxville; Western Illinois Antique Auto Association and was active in Knox County Scenic Drive.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois.

Rev. Robert Herath officiating.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Burial in Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to the Knoxville United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Illinois.

On-line condolences may be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
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