Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary & Cremation Center
15826 North Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ
Rylie C. McDowell Jr.
July 13, 1937 – June 1, 2019
Rylie C McDowell Jr. passed away June 1, 2019 in Sun City, Arizona. He was 81 Years old. He was born July 13, 1937 in Phoenix, AZ, the son of Rylie Columbus McDowell Sr. and Sara Caroline (Greenawalt) McDowell. He was the middle child of three boys. As a child, his family worked for the federal government, so they moved around, living in Phoenix, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Henderson, NV, Kingman AZ, Davis Dam, AZ, and Dutch John, UT. It was in Kingman, Arizona that Rylie met and fell in love with the love of his life, and wife of 55 years, Nancy Lou (Ely) McDowell. The happy couple lived in Eagle Mountain, CA, Desert Center, CA, Blythe, CA, and Peoria, AZ. They had one child, Neil McDowell of Peoria, AZ. . They had two grandchildren, Aaron and Amy McDowell. Rylie loved being a grandfather and was active in his grandchildren’s lives. Rylie was a great husband, father and grandfather. He graduated High School from Kingman, then attended Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, obtaining his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Rylie was a career educator, working as a teacher for over 50 years. He taught at Kingman High School in Kingman AZ, Eagle Mountain High School and Eagle Mountain School in Eagle Mountain, CA and at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe Ca. He taught many students and topics, but is fondly remembered as a typing teacher, drivers training instructor, and coach for football, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. Rylie was active in the community. Besides teaching and coaching at the local school, he was involved in youth sports, scouting, the volunteer Fire Department and the Lion’s Club. Rylie was a member of Lions Club International for approximately 30 years. In the Chuckwalla Valley Lions Club, he held numerous offices including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. He held many offices in the Blythe Lions Club as well including President and Vice President. He also served on the Lions District 4L5 Cabinet as a Zone Chairperson. He loved being a Lion, helping others while making some great friendships along the way. Rylie was a true sports fan. It didn’t matter if it was little league, high school, college or professional, he loved watching sports. The Arizona State University Sundevils were his favorite college team, no matter what the sport, and the Arizona Diamondbacks were his favorite professional baseball team. He would watch sports day and night, and could recall stories and statistics like a broadcaster. Rylie enjoyed attending Calvary Chapel in Blythe, CA, and visiting with neighbors, his health care helpers, former students, and family and friends. Whether he was your Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Neighbor, Friend, Teacher or Coach, he will always be remembered as a very friendly, kind, and generous person who was concerned about others, and always willing to help. He is survived his Son Neil (Jennifer) McDowell of Peoria AZ, Grandchildren Aaron and Amy McDowell of Peoria, AZ, Brother and Sister-in-Law Joseph “Ritchie” and Carma McDowell of Washington City, Brother and Sister-in-Law Ronald and Angela McDowell of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca, Sisters-in-Law Barbara Patterson and Susan Hopeman, both from Kingman, AZ, Nephew Steven Chambers of Ahwatukee, AZ, Nieces Kimberly (Perry) Walker of Indio, CA, Kristi (Lahi) Vaka of St. George, UT, Natalie (Jeff) Haase of Chandler, AZ, Diane (Charlie) Smith of Phoenix, AZ, as well as numerous other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Nancy Lou (Ely) McDowell and his Parents Rylie Columbus McDowell Sr. and Sara Caroline (Greenawalt) McDowell. Services will be held at Sunland Memorial Park Mortuary and Cemetery, 15826 Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, Arizona on Monday June 10. There will be a viewing at 10:00 am with Funeral at 11:00 and Burial following. Afterwards family and friends are invited for fellowship and snacks at Neil’s house in Peoria, AZ.
- Neil (Jennifer) McDowell, Son
- He is also survived by his Grandchildren Aaron and Amy McDowell of Peoria, AZ, Brother and Sister-in-Law Joseph “Ritchie” and Carma McDowell of Washington City, Brother and Sister-in-Law Ronald and Angela McDowell of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca, Sisters-in-Law Barbara Patterson and Susan Hopeman, both from Kingman, AZ, Nephew Steven Chambers of Ahwatukee, AZ, Nieces Kimberly (Perry) Walker of Indio, CA, Kristi (Lahi) Vaka of St. George, UT, Natalie (Jeff) Haase of Chandler, AZ, Diane (Charlie) Smith of Phoenix, AZ, as well as numerous other family and friends.
- Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, June 10, 2019
Rylie C. McDowell Jr.
Kristy Moore Littlefield
June 8, 2019
Mr. McDowell was an icon, a standout as a fine human being, as a coach and as a teacher. I'll always be grateful for his guidance, leadership and gentle encouragement. I was in his typing class and due to an unusually short little finger, I couldn't keep my hands properly positioned on the typewriter so I was doing it "my way." When he saw I wasn't doing it right, he quietly asked me to stay after the class was over. He asked me why I wasn't doing what I was being taught and I told him I couldn't. Rather than scold me, he watched me and realized that I actually couldn't do it properly since my hand was completely out of position when I tried to do it right. He asked me to recite the keys and I did. He told me I was unique; he'd never seen a little finger quite that short in relation to other fingers! He also told me he was proud of me for figuring out what I could do instead of giving up. I'm pretty good with the "3 finger" method that I taught myself and I'll always be grateful that Mr. McDowell encouraged and praised me for being creative!
June 8, 2019
I remember Mr. McDowell from my time living and working in Eagle Mountain. He was always such a kind and giving man, who truly made a difference in his community. As a teacher and volunteer he touched the lives of hundreds, and truly leaves this world a better place by his example.
Bill Savage, Jr.
June 7, 2019
I have always had great wonderful memories of playing baseball under Coach McDowell throughout my years at Eagle Mountain High. They were great years even having to travel those long bus distances to Kingman, AZ to play ball. I took one typing class under Coach McDowell and I remember it because it turned out to be what I would say was the most important class of my life and career. That one typing class got me through undergrad and graduate schools and throughout my professional career. And, who would have thought that those typing classes were really baby boomer precursor classes to "keyboarding" and "texting". May the Lord Bless and Comfort the family during this time of their loss.
Jacquie Long Freeman
June 7, 2019
Mr. McDowell was one of my favorite teachers in high school. I had him for typing 1, 2 3, 4. Shorthand 1,2,3; Future Business Leaders ofAmerica;and Drivers Ed. He was an excellent teacher and always saw the best in me and made me a better student. I excelled in his classes because of his instruction and his encouragement. Mr. McDowell was loved by us students as we knew he truly cared about each one of us in our small little high school. We were so blessed to have caring and talented teachers! It was such a treat to see him many times since high school (and for me that is 47 years ago!). My condolences to all of the family.
June 6, 2019
I will always fondly remember Coach McDowell. He coached me in intramural basketball in 8th grade, and football all through high school. I took typing with Coach, and I will always be grateful for the keyboarding skill I learned under him. Coach, I know you're up there somewhere, standing on a sled, yelling at those linemen to "DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE!" RIP Coach McDowell.
June 6, 2019
Mr McDowel was my teacher in all my business classes from 1962 -1966. He was so funny at times but very serious about us reaching our potential . Loved him and Nancy. Will always remember both if these wonderful people