Joseph T. McDowell

Joseph T. McDowell, age 65 of Collinsville, IL, born December 19, 1947 in Granite City, IL, passed away at 2:51 pm on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.

Joe was a 1966 graduate of Collinsville High School and attended SIUE.  He trained through General Foods and managed Burger Chef and Rix Roast Beef of Belleville.  Joe was also involved in the family business, Rocket Surplus Sales in Collinsville. He owned and operated McDowell Carriage House Restaurant in Belleville before becoming employed by IDOT District 8.   He retired from IDOT after 27 years of service.  Joe was an avid Nascar fan and NRA member.  He was a member of the Edwardsville and Town & Country Gun Clubs, loved to cook and travel, especially to Maine and Biloxi, MS.  Joe loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence E. McDowell.

He is survived by his wife Linda, nee Kirk,McDowell whom he married on August 2, 1969; son, Joe McDowell II (Angela) of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Carrie McDowell and Dennis of Troy, IL; mother, Anna McDowell of Maryville, IL; brother, Mark (Marsha) McDowell of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters-in-law:  Beth (Paul) Sij of Collinsville, IL and Tracy Kirk of CA; five grandchildren:  Cassie and Anna of Alton, IL, Aaron, Madisyn and Jackson of Troy, IL; numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center, Maryville, IL.

Memorial service will be at 8pm following the visitation with Rev. Gerald "Chip" Faulkner officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family or the American Legion Post 365, Collinsville, IL.

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