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John E. McDowell

Jan 03, 2017

John E. McDowell, 90, of Mt. Pleasant, died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Park Place Elder Living.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, with family present. Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m., that same day, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Jeff McPheron officiating. Burial with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard will be accorded. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Iowa Wesleyan University. Online condolences may be directed to

McDowell was born on May 18, 1926, in rural Keokuk County, near Keota, the son of Gerald J. and Vera G. (Hagist) McDowell. He was a 1943 graduate of Kinross High School. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, where he served in the European Theater of Operations and also in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Following the war, he attended and graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1949, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. On June 17, 1949, he married Marjorie R. Baker, in Yarmouth.

He was employed as a fire and casualty insurance adjuster for 13 years for the Central States Insurance Company, of Mt. Pleasant; the Grinnell Reinsurance Company, of Grinnell; and the United Fire and Casualty Company, of Cedar Rapids. Following this, he was employed in the area of finance for 23 years, in Mt. Pleasant, retiring in 1984 as Senior Vice President of Capital Savings and Loan. After his retirement, he became an associate of the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel for many years.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, of Mt. Pleasant.

He enjoyed woodworking.

McDowell is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Janette Zuk, of Bethlehem, Penn., and Joan (Bill) Coan, of Iowa City; one son, Scott McDowell, of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Bradley John McDowell; and a brother, Robert McDowell.


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