Obituary: John Wesley McDowell,Jr.


John Wesley McDowell,Jr., 98, Cicero, died April 27 at Riverview Health at Noblesville.

He was born Feb. 12, 1918 at Fairbury, Neb. to John Wesley and Bura (Tuggle) McDowell, Sr.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Neb. John then served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, receiving the American Theater Service Medal and the EAME Service Medal with two bronze stars, among other awards.

He became a draftsman for S.S. Kresge Co. that later became Kmart, using his artistic ability to design and provide the lay out for many stores. John was a painter, and his work included several murals. He designed and built a miniature model home, including all the furniture and decorations. His talents also included creating and tending to his flower gardens and writing an autobiography.

His family described John as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He also loved helping others and was a volunteer for several years at Riverview Hospital.

He married Evelyn Berneice (Vibbert) McDowell Nov. 9, 1945. She survives him. Also surviving is a son, John Wesley McDowell III, and his wife Marla, of Carmel, a daughter, Jodi Lane Bickerstaff, and husband Joe, of Euless, Texas, a brother, Jimmy “Mac” McDowell, of Indianapolis, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hertha Redmond, and a brother, Waldo McDowell.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Homes Cicero Chapel, 209 W. Jackson St., Cicero. Condolences: Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society for Hamilton Co. or Riley Hospital. Memorial services will be held at a later date.