Don Michael Dowell

April 1, 1949-July 27, 2021


Don Michael Dowell of Crawfordsville passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in the emergency room at Franciscan Health. He was 72.

Mike was active in many community organizations. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #50, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, American Legion, Honor Guard, VFW, Eagles, Moose, Elks and AmVets. He served his country in the U.S. Marines.

Born April 1, 1949, at Crawfordsville, he was the son of Lloyd “Buster” Dowell and Patricia Viola Durham Dowell. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School. He was a skilled craftsman in the trade of masonry. His father started Dowell Masonry in 1946. They worked together for many years. Mike took over the family business in 1972.

Surviving family includes: son Michael Patrick Dowell; two daughters, Paula Kochert and Shadon Brown; two step-sons, Billy Rou and Terry Rou; two step-daughters, Tanya Oram and Kim Reavis; brother Billy Guinn; ex-wife Annie Dowell (1988-2012); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife Donna Simms; and baby sister Judy Kay.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2 at Burkhart Funeral Home. Services will begin at 2 p.m. with Masonic rites.  Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery Grant Avenue where he will be laid to rest beside his father and infant sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Mike with a donation to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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