Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

1805 Highway 281 North, Marble Falls, TX


Chester Dowling

November 21, 1946March 18, 2020

Chester “Chet” C. Dowling, husband, father, grandfather, friend, soldier, hobbyist and keeper of historical “objet d’art” died on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at his home in Marble Falls, T. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sondra Smith, his two children, George Dowling (s. Tracey), and Alexis (s. Blayne) and his two grandchildren, Andrew and Adeline Mae. Chet was born in Anchorage, Alaska on November 21, 1946 to George H. Dowling Jr. and Gertrude Ann Dowling. After his father retired from the Army, they settled in Bradenton, FL, where in grade school, Chet met his life-long friend, Robert George. On November 22, 1964, Chet was drafted into the United State Army. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. During his career in the Army, he attended the Sargent Major Academy and went on to teach at the First Sargent’s school at Ft. Bliss until his retirement in 1989. Chet and his family continued to reside in El Paso until they moved to Marble Fall in 2015. Chet had a knack for turning something ordinary into something truly unique. He jokingly wrote “My Walls.” “Look again, there are no objects on my walls; just many windows. “Each to another time and another place. “Enjoy the view.”


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Tena Collier

April 2, 2020

I met Chet when he and Sondra became neighbors with my sister. I fell in love with him when he taught me how to shoot and helped me get my CCL. His love of live, and guns, was contagious. Wish I could go to the range with him just one more time.

I pray your family takes comfort in knowing that you were loved by many.

Rest in Peace, Chet. You will be missed.

Tommy Collier

April 2, 2020

I did not get to know Chet for too long, but I will always remember this amazing man. Rest in Peace, Chet.

This is a great shot.
I will miss my friend, "Chester, the fish Molester”!

Ernesto Fernandez

April 1, 2020

I worked with Chet at JDW Insurance/Evolution Technology Group (ETG) from around 2002/3 thru 2005. Chet was a great guy with a big heart. He was part of the original 5 at ETG. He put up with alot of shenanigans from all of us who were in our 20's at the time, but we always felt like he was one of us. Always ready and eager for whatever crazy ideas we had at the time. He made us all laugh and always had a cheery attitude. Loved working with him. Great guy, great mentor and great teammate. Rest in peace friend!

Becky Ramirez

March 28, 2020

Alexis and Sondra,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Chet. He was a good friend and I always enjoyed hearing the stories of his antique hunts. Luis and I knew Chet was a collector of political pins and we always looked for them in estate sales, antique stores and treasure hunts. He will be missed dearly.

Charles Steward

March 23, 2020

Chet and i served together at the Sergeants Major Academy for a couple of years, we lived on the same street for many years and often went to breakfast. Chet was always willing to help with any project you might have when asked. He will be missed by all who knew him, may he rest in peace.

Sherry Lippe

March 23, 2020

I always enjoyed sitting with Chet in his seats under the tree and just visiting. Sweet memories every time I drive by that welcoming seat.

Rudy Moreno

March 22, 2020

What a pleasure it was to have had Chet as a neighbor first and later as a friend. He will be missed greatly by my wife and myself.
Our very deepest condolences to Sondra and Chet’s family.

Charmin Shores

March 22, 2020

Alexis, so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a good guy with a great sense of humor; fun to be around. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Michele Green

March 22, 2020

Sondra, I am so sorry for your loss. Chet was a good man and it is a blessing to have known him. I pray that memories of Chet's life will comfort and sustain you in his passing.