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William Dowd

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William F. 'Tiny' Dowd age 81 of Saude, IA, died Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 1, 2010, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Protivin with Rev. Nick March celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by Bill’s three children. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Lindsey Dowd and Merissa Pettinger. Bill and JoAnn Hurd and Shirley Maher will be Eucharistic ministers. Sue Panos, organist will accompany Miriam Humpal, vocalist with hymns, “Be Not Afraid”, “Peace Is Flowing Like A River”, “One Bread One Body” and “How Great Thou Art”. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery-Reilly Ridge, rural Lawler with military honors by the Lawler American Legion Post #279 and the Alta Vista V.F.W. Post #4069. Pallbearers will be Derek Dowd, Austin Sherrod, Alex Sherrod, Jared Maher, Matt Maher and Vaughn Pettinger. Friends may greet the family 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 31, 2010 at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary and a 6:00 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues 9:30 a.m. at Hugeback’s Protivin Funeral Home in Protivin on Monday. William Francis “Tiny” Dowd was born January 22, 1929, in New Hampton, Iowa the son of William Joseph and Mildred (Roehrich) Dowd. He attended New Hampton elementary and high schools, graduating in 1948. Bill enlisted in the United States Army on October 8, 1948, and attended basic training at Fort Knox, KY. He was stationed at Fort Belviour, VA; Camp LeRoy Johnson, LA; Puerto Rico; Panama; Westover Field, MA; Goose Bay, Labrador; Upper Heyford, England; McGuire Air Force Base, NJ and received an honorable discharge at Camp Walters, TX on August 8, 1952. Bill was united in marriage to Sara J. Maher on January 30, 1954, at Sacred Heart Parish, Reilly Ridge, Lawler, Iowa. They lived in Cedar Rapids, IA where he worked at Wilson’s and joined the Fire Department in June of 1954. He also worked part time at the ASCS office as a grain grader. While living in Cedar Rapids, two of their three children were born, Rebecca and Leo. In August of 1962, Bill assumed a job as Federal Grain Inspector and was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska, where Christine was born. His career transferred the family later to Sioux City, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and back to New Orleans, where Bill retired in 1989. In June of 1993, they moved back to rural Iowa. Bill was an avid sports fan and active in the KC and VFW organizations. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. Survivors include one son; Leo (Bev) Dowd of New Hampton; two daughters, Rebecca Sherrod of New Orleans and Chris (Marvin) Pettinger of Northglenn, CO; six grandchildren, Derek Dowd, Lindsey Dowd, Alex Sherrod, Austin Sherrod, Merissa Pettinger and Vaughn Pettinger; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Betty Letkey of IL and Carol Dowd of IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sara on July 4, 2009; one brother, Gaylord Dowd; two sisters, Judy Roethler and Vonnie Pitz.

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  1. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family during this time. I am sorry I could not make the service, but look forward to seeing you all soon.

  2. Remembering all the good times with your dad, knowing he’s at peace with your mom, and keeping you in our prayers.

  3. our family would like to send our love and condolences to your family at this sad time and hugs to you all!xxxx

  4. Leo, Bev and the whole Dowd family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. Words are inadequate when descriibing a father’s value to his family, but his Love and Memories wil be your comfort. We will always remember the Smiling face you got when you walked into Someones Special Birthday party at Jerico..(You would see Tiny and Sara With a Big Smile and a Friendily Hello. How are you two kids doing) Cherish the memories. Friends – Dan and Karen Rosonke & family

  5. Dear Leo & Bev Dowd Family, In This time of sorrow May it comfort you to know that the thoughts and prayers of others are with you deepest sympathy. Brenda Parks and Rick Kobliska

  6. Our deepest sympathy is with Bill’s family during this time of loss. Our prayers will be with you. Bud & Margaret Schmidt, 801st Army Engineers

  7. WE WERE VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF BILLS PASSING. wHAT A GREAT GUY AND GOOD FRIEND. oUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO BECKY, LEE AND CHRIS AND FAMILYS. WE HAVE WONDERFUL MEMOIRES OF OUR FRIENDSHIP WITH YOUR PARENTS. GOD BLESS YOU, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU AT THIS TIME THE NAUGHTON FAMILY

  8. So sorry to hear this news. Tiny always had a big smile on his face that you had to smile to he will be missed by everybody that knew him ! Thinking of you guys!! Michael,Barbara,Laura & Krissy Ball

  9. To the Dowd family so sorry for your loss of Tiny. Him and Sara are together again. My thoughts an prayers are with you all.

  10. We are sadden to hear that Bill is gone.He was a great soldier and a great friend to all the men of the 801st Engineer Aviation Battalion Veterans Group. We have had many happy memories with Bill and Sara every year we would get together. He is now with the Love his life. So may he rest in Peace. Our Prayers are now with the three wonderful children he leaves behind. That they remain strong in Love they gave and received from their both wonderful parents .


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