Obituary for Bruce McDowell
Bruce A. McDowell, 79, of Goshen, died Tuesday March 28, 2017. The Terre Haute native was born February 14, 1938, the first of five children of Arthur & Joan (Neese) McDowell. Bruce graduated from Rose Polytechnic Institute (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and worked for 28 years as a Chemical Engineer for Miles Laboratories. On February 21, 1960, Bruce married the former Rose Mary Cox who survives after 57 years of marriage. Also surviving are their children, Elizabeth Vandermolen of Grand Rapids MI, Laura McDowell of South Bend and Randal McDowell of Goshen; grandchildren, Ryan (Sara) Vandermolen of Grand Rapids, Kyle (Jessica) Vandermolen in California, Sarah McDowell of Warsaw, Andrew McDowell of Goshen and Kary (Michael) Gregory of Grand Rapids; great-grandchildren, Hollister Vandermolen and Emmerson Gregory; his brother, Philip McDowell of Schererville, and sister, Kathy (Byron) Buhr of Jefferson City MO. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Brad & John McDowell. Bruce’s career with Miles took them worldwide, formerly residing in Brazil, Mexico and Germany, he spoke three languages in addition to English. Bruce enjoyed retirement, travelling with his wife in their RV, exploring the Eastern Seaboard and winters in Florida. At home, he enjoyed gardening, watching football and was an avid fan of the Cubs. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 Monday April 3, 2017 in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy. Friends may call from 1-5pm Sunday in the funeral home. The family’s preferred memorial is the American Cancer Society. To share a remembrance of Bruce or to offer condolences to his family, please visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com.