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Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home & Crematory

3201 Ave. B, Scottsbluff, NE

OBITUARY

Rodney "Tiny" Lars Dowell

January 6, 1936October 31, 2019

Rodney "Tiny" Lars Dowell, 83 of Gering, was called home Thursday October 31st, 2019, at Heritage Estates in Gering. Funeral services to be held on Saturday November 2nd at 10am, at the Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ben Cross officiating. Interment will be held at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering with military honors. Friends who wish may call at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home from 5pm to 7pm on Friday November 1st and the morning of the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Legacy of the Plains Museum (Farm and Ranch) or to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.dugankramer.com Rod was born on January 6th, 1936 in Gordon, Nebraska to Lewis Winfield and Wilma Gertrude (Fankhauser) Dowell. He moved with his family to Gering, Nebraska at the age of 3 where he grew up and graduated from Gering High School in 1954 and Scottsbluff Junior College in 1956. Rod met the love of his life, Hazel Marie Howell, at Terry's Skating Rink in 1957. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1958 and would take leave a year later to marry Hazel on August, 23rd 1959. They then moved to Camp Lejune, North Carolina where they experienced the only recorded 'double-eye' hurricane in a 8'x16' trailer home.

Upon returning to Nebraska in 1961, they had 3 children Cindy Rae, Leslie Wayne and Connie Sue. Rod spent 25 years working for the Nebraska Public Power District when he eventually "retired" in 1993. From the age of 15, Rod assisted his father running Dowell Windmill and Well Service part time and on the weekends until he then decided to make this his full time calling until 2012. He was known to many as "The Windmill Man". In 2007, he won first place with his 'Year of the Windmill' Float at Oregon Trail Days where he was also named Old Settler's Honorary President in 2009. Rod's enjoyments included meeting with brother-in-law Harvey Rupp and family for breakfast at Country Kitchen/Log Cabin on Sunday mornings, volunteering at the Legacy of the Plains Museum where he was a chartered member, assisting his family with the running of Cornhusker Roast. He recently celebrated and was very grateful to attend his 65th class reunion.

Survivors include his children: Cindy & Bradley Floth, Les & Jana Dowell, Connie & Scot Fulk. Grandchildren: Angela Shields (Jordan Rodriquez), Pamela & Chris Lee, Natalie Floth (Anastasia Perales), Stephanie & Todd Rood, Mikayla Fulk (fiancé Timothy Herman), Jerrod Fulk. And 10 great-grandchildren: Keagan Powell, Brendan Shields, Logan & Hope Rodriquez, Ethan Lee, Lila, Tennysee, Jaxton, Trevyn & Kamron Rood. Sister-in-law Dorothy Dowell; sisters Becky Mills and Judy Hatcher, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 49 years Hazel, brother Richard Dowell, sister Ruby (Harvey) Rupp, infant grandson, in-laws Harry & Ida Loy Howell.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Dowell, Honorary Bearer
  • Dale Dowell, Honorary Bearer
  • Earl Dowell, Honorary Bearer
  • Gregg Rupp, Honorary Bearer
  • Keith Prickett, Sr., Honorary Bearer
  • Ernie Prickett, Honorary Bearer
  • John Quenoy, Honorary Bearer
  • Mike Zitterkopf, Honorary Bearer
  • Terry Dowell, Casket Bearer
  • Paul Dowell, Casket Bearer
  • Craig Mills, Casket Bearer
  • Todd Rood, Casket Bearer
  • Chris Lee, Casket Bearer
  • Jordan Rodriquez, Casket Bearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Legacy of the Plains Museum

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

Rodney "Tiny" Lars Dowell

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Arthur Owens Jr

November 11, 2019

I enjoyed talking to Rod I learned about windmills from him. If I had a question he would answer it. Will miss seeing him around. I did not know about this or would of been at funeral sorry for your loss

Don & Meredyth Gentry

November 4, 2019

We will miss seeing his smile during Oregon Trail Days and County Fair. We looked forward seeing him during those times. We have given a donation to Legacy of the Plains in his name. So sorry to hear about his passing.
Don & Meredyth Gentry

Anne and Ernie Jaramillo

November 3, 2019

Cindy and family, We are so sorry about your Dad. We will sure miss our neighbor. We have been watching his house, hoping that he would get to come home.

Dwane Wills, Overland Park, KS

November 2, 2019

Condolences to Cindy, Leslie ,Connie and families on the passing of your father and grandfather Rodney. The Dowell's drilled our water well on our farm west of Terry's water tower back in the 1950's. Rodney and Hazel purchased our home in Terry Town back in the 1960's. Rodney was a gifted athlete and very involved at Gering High School. He was kind enough to send us a card when we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, in 2009 at which time I called him to chat. I graduated from GHS in 1955.

Cheryl Coffey

November 2, 2019

I met Rod while I worked at Peerless Tire fuel station. He fast became a kind heart and smiling face I enjoyed seeing and talking to. Through out the years whenever I would see him at Walmart or the County Fair he would always talk to me. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.

Judy Hatcher

November 1, 2019

I'm so sorry my family and I could not make it to Rod's Service. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I so enjoyed visiting with him on the phone and being able to reminisce with him about our past.
With our Love and sincere condolences.

Judy Dowell Hatcher
Misty and Joe Hendricks
Mindy and Joe Popevis and daughters Scarlett and Evangeline
Mandy Hatcher

misty dykes

November 1, 2019

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember Rod as the windmill man. He is in great company in heaven. Misty Dykes-Kaufman