Donald George Dowhower

Posted in: Obituaries
Jan 21, 2013 - 2:55:11 PM

Donald George Dowhower, 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully Thursday morning, Jan. 17, 2013, at his home in Marlow.
Visitation is planned for Monday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church, starting with a wake service at 6 p.m. and concluding with a rosary at 8:30 p.m. The funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church.
Don was born on Dec. 26, 1929, in North Platte, Neb., to Elmer and Alice Dowhower. Five older brothers and two younger sisters enriched his life with innumerable experiences, as well as leading him on varied, and sometimes risky, adventures. They taught him to swim, hunt, fish and ice skate on the frigid deep sand pits. He earned his spending money getting up early every morning to deliver newspapers on his bike regardless of the weather. As a reward, he could see all of the Saturday westerns or comedies at the local movie theater. His avid love of football was rooted in Nebraska; and though other universities were sometimes first-runners-up, Nebraska U remained dearest to his heart.
After graduating from North Platte High School in 1948, Don joined the U.S. Air Force at age 18. He was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, when he met the former Cecelia Evans, who became his wife on Jan. 15, 1951. After his service, he enrolled at Kearney State College in Nebraska; and upon graduation, he signed on as a math and science teacher for Sargent High School in the middle of the Nebraska Sand Hills.
In 1960, Don took a teaching job in Duncan. He later became an assistant principal and retired in July 1990 as principal of Duncan Junior High. Don was a man of faith and integrity. During his childhood, through the nurturing of his parents, especially his mother, the values of good citizenship were instilled in him. He joined the Catholic Church on Jan. 13, 1951, and remained a faithful, practicing Christian. Don was a devoted husband and loving father of eight children and their spouses; and he was especially proud of all of them, including his 21 grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Cecelia Dowhower, of the home; and eight children and their spouses, Ron and Ivette Dowhower of Metairie, La.; Steve and Sherri Dowhower of Vernon, Texas; Beth Honan Fischer of Independence, Kan.; Matt and Kim Dowhower of Shawnee; and Mary Pruitt and Lee Harris, Loretta and Mark Suttle, Leslie and Dennis Bruns, and Sandy and Bill Jennings, all of the Duncan area.
Others include his 21 grandchildren, Melissa Gregory and family, Joshua Suttle and family, Dr. Jeff Pruitt and family, Alissa Amons, Monica Dowhower, Joseph Suttle and family, Michael Dowhower and wife, Kevin Honan and wife, Christopher Bruns, Jannette Honan, Rachel Dowhower and family, Jonathon Suttle, Cody Bruns, Theodore Honan, Whitney Jennings, Andrew Dowhower, Bryce Dowhower, Kaylee Jennings, Sheridan Dowhower, Cassidy Dowhower and Anna Dowhower. He was loved as a grandfather by Jordan Guerrero, and Kaitlynne and Kaden Turnbull. He also had nine great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
Also surviving are three brothers and a sister-in-law, Lloyd Dowhower, Dennis and Beverly Dowhower, and Virgil Dowhower; a sister, Florence Ziarko; his in-laws, Jean Dowhower, Betty Dowhower, Kenneth and Frances Evans Jackson, Donald and Julia Evans Raby, Patricia Evans Heacock, and Mary Evans Royer; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Violet Grim; two brothers, Raymond and Albert Dowhower; a brother-in-law, John Ziarko; two sisters-in-law, Erma Dowhower and Madonna Dowhower; three nieces, Judy Phillips, Debbie Faulkner and Janet Ellen Jackson; and four nephews, John Paul Douglas, Jerry Grim, Chris Raby and Arleigh Heacock.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, and Knights of Columbus will serve as honorary bearers. Granddaughters will be gift bearers.
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