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Robert Lon McDowell, a long-time resident of Cascade Locks passed away in his sleep on April 13th, 2008 in Troutdale, Oregon with family by his side.
A service to celebrate his life and mourn his passing is planned for 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 18th, 2008 at the Cascade Locks Assembly of God Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Cascade Locks Cemetery. Pastor Don Howell will officiate. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday from 12 noon to 5pm at Anderson's Tribute Center.
Robert or as he was known to most Bob was born November 9, 1914 at Crider, Kentucky to Lon D. and Carrie (Nelson) McDowell. He moved to Indiana for a short time while he was a young boy and then moved to Akron, Ohio. He enjoyed acrobatics and gymnastics.
Bob served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army. He served in Greeenland during most of the war. While on leave and visiting family and friends in Ohio, he met Marguerite Friedrich, they fell in love, wed and have celebrated 63 plus years together and were blessed with four children.
In late 1958, Bob moved the family from Akron to Cascade Locks. He built the family home in Cascade Locks while working at the Cascade Locks Lumber Mill. In the early 1960s he built a large cabin cruiser boat to enjoy on the Columbia River. In 1968 he moved to Perth, Australia and worked building box cars for the Western Australia Railroad. Two years later, Marguerite and young Lon joined him in Perth. He built another family home there. In 1979, Bob & Marguerite moved back to Cascade Locks to spend their retirement.
Robert is survived and will be dearly missed by; his wife, Marguerite McDowell of Troutdale, Oregon; Daughters, Judy (& Dan) Bausch of Gresham, Oregon, Kathy (& Don) Strain of Castle Rock, Washington and Barbara (& Mike) Irving of Cascade Locks, Oregon; Son, Lon D. McDowell of Portland, Oregon; Grandchildren, Sean Williams, Marnie McCall, Tray Bausch, Kirk Bausch, Tyson Irving and Mason McDowell; Great Grandchildren, Amanda McCall, Ashley McCall, Mary Williams, Luke Williams, Charissa Bausch, Mikylah Bausch, Ethan Bausch, Ryan Bausch and Brooklyn Bausch In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nell Wade and Dorothy Peck.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Roberts name to the Cascade Locks Assembly of God Church Building Fund and sent care of Andersons.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals Receptions Cremations) 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031 ~ 541-386-1000 ~ www.andersonstributecenter.com.