Robert Ray McDowell, 77, engraver at The Sun

March 09, 2003

Robert Ray McDowell, a former engraver at The Sun who moved to Tennessee after he retired, died Wednesday after suffering an asthma attack in Jamestown, Tenn. He was 77.

Mr. McDowell was born in Patterson, Mo., one of a set of triplets in a family of eight children. During World War II, he was a pharmacist's mate in the Navy and served as a medic during the invasion of Normandy.

After returning to the United States, he was stationed at St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York, where he met his wife, the former Lois Ely of York, Pa., who was a nurse. They were married on Long Island on July 28, 1945.

Mr. McDowell worked at several jobs as an engraver before going to work for Alco Gravure Inc. of Ferndale. He came to work at The Sun about 1982 and retired in 1987.

He and his family moved from Eldersburg in 1990 to Maryville, Tenn., and then to Jamestown, Tenn., in 1993.

The family bought a 22-acre farm, Leatherwood Retreat, that is used primarily by horseback riders. Mr. McDowell was an avid horseback rider, said his daughter, Christine McDowell of Jamestown, Tenn. She said her father at one time raised and trained English pointers. He also showed them and judged the bird dogs at field trials. Several of his dogs were prize-winners, his daughter said.

He was a member of the York Pointer and Setter Club in Wellsville, Pa.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Jamestown, Tenn.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Pamela Saylor of Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Keith McDowell of Lodi, Mo.; three sisters, Ann Neier of St. Louis and Betty Hansen and Evelyn Allen, both of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren.

A daughter, Kathleen McDowell, died in 2001.

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