Donald McDowell

Donald McDowell

Thursday, January 20th, 1938 Saturday, September 21st, 2019

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Obituary for Donald Lee "Don" McDowell Sr.

Donald “Don” Lee McDowell, Sr., age 81, of Bonner Springs, Kansas passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Visitation will be 5-8pm Wednesday, Sept. 25, Funeral Service will be 11am Thursday, Sept. 26, both at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Edwardsville Cemetery.
Don was born on January 20th, 1938 at his family’s home near Brumley, Missouri. He is one of ten children born to Benjamin Franklin “Frank” & Maggie Ethel (Golden) McDowell. Don grew up in the Brumley & Iberia area and graduated from Iberia High School. He enlisted into the US Army and proudly served six years. While stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana Don met the “Love of his life”, B. Elaine (Reese) and they were married on Nov. 14, 1958 at his sister’s home in Bonner Springs, KS. After his Military Service, Don worked for over 30 years at Griffin Wheel Company in Muncie, KS. and for over 20 years at Integrated Controls, Inc. in Olathe, KS all while working his own farm in rural Bonner Springs. Over the years Don was an avid outdoorsman, loved to travel with his family, traveling to all 50 States plus Canada and Mexico. He also enjoyed tending to his wonderful garden, often having the first Red Tomato and Ripe Cantaloupe in the family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, and seven of his siblings, Jewell, Gerald, Nadine, Lora Mae, Marvin, Charles and Dorothy.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elaine McDowell of the home, three sons; Donald McDowell, Jr., and wife Ellen, Randy McDowell and wife Rita, and Roger McDowell and wife Joanna all of Basehor, KS., eight grandchildren; Donald McDowell, III and wife Becky, Rebecca Padgett and husband Caleb, Magen Martin and husband Kris, Elizabeth Walker and husband Zach, Randall McDowell, Jr., Emily Phillips and husband Houston, Reese McDowell, Madison McDowell and her Fiancée Jacob Hansen. Seven great-grandchildren Evelynn, Katherine, Victoria, Alaina, Avery, Benjamin, Bradley and one on the way, Baby Laurel. Two siblings; Leonard McDowell of Brumley, MO., and Emma Jean Dunn of Lone Jack, MO., as well as several extended family and friends

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Alden Harrington Funeral Home
    214 Oak Street
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    Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Alden Harrington Funeral Home
    214 Oak Street
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    Thursday, September 26th, 2019
  • Interment

    Edwardsville Cemetery
    S. 104th Street
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Stacy Middleton

It was a pleasure to have Grandpa McDowell and his family be a part of the Bethel College softball program for the past 4 years. The support, encouragement and constant supply of bubble gum and seeds will always be remembered. Prayers for peace during this time. In His Love, Dave & Stacy Middleton
Comment | Posted at 11:23am via Condolence


Grandpa, you were such a kind person and supportive fan of your grandchildren. Thank you for always speaking with me after all of the Bobcat softball games. My heart aches that you are physically no longer here. You left a piece of your heart in mine. For that, I am blessed and grateful. Take care of everyone in heaven that has missed you.
Comment | Posted at 10:35am via Condolence

Brad Baltzell

Thank you for being such a pleasant and enjoyable man to work with. You represented the greatest generation well! Great work ethic. No one could arrive before you! I don’t drink coffee, but I can appreciate that you were always there to get it started in the morning.
I miss you already. I am sure God is blessing you in Heaven.
Comment | Posted at 08:59am via Condolence

Brad Baltzell

The service today was beautiful! The sons did a great, heartfelt job of representing their Dad. Randy, thank you for preaching the gospel and delivering the message of Heaven and He11. Your dad would be proud. The military honors were very special at the gravesite. God bless your family.
Posted at 09:29pm

Tammy Smith

Rest In Peace, Thank You for Your Service, Fly high on your Golden Cloud, Sir
Comment | Posted at 09:40am via Condolence

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