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St. Richard Catholic Church
Friday October 2nd, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

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Mass of Christian Burial

Holy Trinity Catholic Church~Assumption
Friday October 2nd, 2020

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Robert J. Dowling

Robert "Bob" J. Dowling, age 87, life-long resident of Swanton, Ohio, died unexpectedly at his home, Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2020.  He was born January 9, 1933 in Swanton to Walter Ellsworth and Rosella Mary (Kreuz) Dowling.  Bob attended St. Mary's School and graduated from AI High School. Bob was drafted into the United States Army in 1953, served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.  When he returned home, he began attending the University of Toledo.  On September 28, 1957, he married his loving wife, Roxie. 

Upon graduation in 1960 with his newly minted accounting degree, Bob began his career as a CPA with Arthur Young and Company (AY) from 1960 to 1971.  He left AY to become the Controller at Arco from 1971 to 1973 then onto Mackinnon-Parker as their Treasurer from 1973 to 1978.  In 1978 his career ambitions turned to his desire to start his own accounting business.  He continued to grow a successful accounting business that in 1993 he decided to sell his practice to Tucker, Stein and Kissling to slow down a bit and focus on his hobbies.  He continued working for Tucker, Kissling and Associates only recently fully retiring 2 months ago.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman and never met a golf course he didn't like playing.  But farming was his true passion.  He was a mentor, coach and teacher to many boys and girls who played on his boys baseball and girls softball teams - Heatherdowns Colts, Swanton Falcons and  Swanton Rotary. 

Bob was a member of St. Richard's  Catholic Parish and served on the finance committee.  He looked forward to cooking at the annual church BBQ chicken festival and eating sauteed mushrooms and homemade cherry wine with many church friends. He was also a member of the Swanton American Legion Post #479, Catholic War Veterans Post #306 in Assumption, OH,  AICPA, and charter member of the Swanton Elks #2462.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Roxie (Wallen) Dowling; son, Russell Dowling (Mary Kay Dinger); daughter, Renee Dowling (Phillip Scofield); grandchildren, Courtney (Robert) Flanders, Ryan Dowling, Connor Dowling; great-granddaughter, Hayden Flanders; brothers, Wayne Dowling and W. Thomas Dowling; sister, Marian Onweller; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rosella (Kruez) Dowling; brother, John Dowling; brother-in-law, Thomas Onweller; sister-in-law, LaVonne (Bonnie) Cumpston; mother and father-in-law, Agnes (Kriscamp) and George Wallen.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4331 Keystone Dr. D, Maumee, Ohio 43537

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It is with great sorrow that I learned of Bob's passing. His help, guidance, and and encouragement was invaluable during the years that I served as Swanton Elk Secretary. I will miss him. An Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken. In fraternal love and memory. Barbara Gerke

Barbara Gerke Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

Roxie and family,
We are so very saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Sending you our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
Gene and Lauretta

Lauretta Jeffries Slawinski Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

Our condolences go out to all of the Bob Dowling family. Our prayers will be with you.

Rick & Hoilyn McKibben Oct 2 2020 12:00 AM

Heartfelt sympathy to the Dowling family. Bob was a fun and sweet gentleman. Memories of this family start with Walt and Sal since I drove my pony cart to their house and spent the night on several occasions. Always the families were kind and gracious. So many laughs and good times with Roxie and Bob and Russell and Renee years ago now. The Dowliing family has much to be thankful for in their sense of fun and family. May he rest in peace with our Lord and those already passed from here.

Cindy (King) De Vuono

Cindy De Vuono Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

Roxie and family, Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Such a great guy he was. Always redy, willing and able to help, and have a good tiime at the chicken BBQs!!!! We had a lot of good times and will always remember him, and toast to him at our ritual ceremony. he always had good advice and or a story. May he rest in peace. We will rewmember all of yu in our prayers.
Tom and Eloise

Tom & Eloise Sullivan Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.
The Jagielski Family

Julie Jagielski-Gill Oct 1 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Bob's family. I only knew Bob from St. Richard Catholic Church. He always sat behind our family and Mass. He sang his heart out to the Lord each and every time. Now he is singing with the choir of angels. He will be held in prayer, as will his family. We will certainly miss his smile and twinkling eye. May God's peace be with you.

Lisa Keaton Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

He was our auditor both at Arthur Young and later at his own accountancy firm. He was a fine auditor and always on point with is advise to our company. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.

James M. Moriarty Sr; Howard T. Moriarty Co. Inc. Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Dowling

Lisa Dowling Harman Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

Russell and family I was sorry to hear your father had passed, sending prayers of comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Julie Jagielski-Gill Sep 30 2020 12:00 AM

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