Obituary – William C. “Bill” Dowling

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HASTINGS — William C. “Bill” Dowling, 83, Hastings, died Aug. 7, 2013, from the result of an infection, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings.

Visitation was Aug. 9 at the Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Hastings, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Services were Aug. 10 at First United Methodist Church, Hastings, with Pastor Tony Dawson, Rev. Dr. Samuel R. Rathod, and Pastor Earl Higgins officiating.

Burial was Aug. 10 in Randolph Cemetery, Randolph.

William, the son of Orville and Mildred (Jones) Dowling, was born May 4, 1930, at his parents’ farm outside of Randolph. He attended School District 38 for his first eight years and graduated from Randolph Public High School in 1949. He played football and track for Randolph High School and boxed in the Golden Gloves with Tiny Lamphear in Norfolk. Following graduation, he married Doris A. Cunningham Oct. 28, 1950. They farmed north of Randolph from 1950-1955 and then he went to work for Carhart Lumber Company, Randolph, becoming their manager a year later. He worked for Carharts from 1955-1974 and traveled selling their component homes the last two years. In 1974, William and Doris moved to Hastings, and he worked for St. Regis Paper Company Wheeler Division selling building products until 1986. At that time he went to work traveling for Central Lumber Company, Lincoln, until 1993. While he was working in sales, he won many trips, which included Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii and Las Vegas. William semi-retired the fall of 1993 and went to work for DLD Builders, helping his son do construction until 2000. In 2000, he went to work for Sunnyside Retirement Center as their maintenance man until they closed in 2003 and then William went to work as the maintenance man for First United Methodist Church, Hastings, until an accident forced him to retire in February 2011.

William was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Hastings, and their Methodist men’s group, he served on the Board of Trustees for First United Methodist, was a member of Evening Lions, a member of the Eagles, and a Pinochle Club for two years and Sheep Head Club in Randolph. William was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a person that never met a stranger and was proud of the fact that he drove over three million miles while being a salesman on the road without an accident. He loved playing games with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and played cards with anyone who would sit down and challenge him.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Doris Dowling, Hastings; children, Terry Dowling and friend, Ed, Navarre, Fla.; and Danny and wife, Debra Dowling, Hastings; grandchildren, Travis and wife, Sara Dowling, Omaha; Melissa Dowling and friend, Michael, Hastings; great-grandchildren, D’Andre, Hastings; and Zella, Omaha; great-niece, Brenda Vap, Hastings; brother, Robert and wife, Ruth Dowling, Yankton, S.D.; sisters, Betty Cunningham, Norfolk, and Angie and husband, Lyle Neuhardt, Wisner; sisters-in-law, Eva Dowling, Redmond, Ore.; Leila and husband, Leroy Brummels, Wayne; Flo Lenzen, Laurel; Audrey and husband, George Hinrichs, Laurel; Wilma Wiemers, Laurel; Ellen Cunningham, Bloomfield; and Alice and husband, John Moehlenhoff, Creighton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by three infant daughters, Debra Ann, Sally Sue, and Trudi Ferrel; a brother, Gaylord; infant sister; parents, Orville and Mildred (Jones) Dowling; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Nina Cunningham; great-grandson, Blake; great-granddaughter, Peony; nine brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or Evening Lions.