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Jim D. McDowell, 85, of Moore, passed away May 7, 2015. He was born Feb. 20, 1930, to Don and Ella McDowell in Enid. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son. Jim was the oldest of two children. His passions included all things automotive, traveling, square dancing, wood carving and making stained glass. He was also an avid follower of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He attended church at First United Methodist in Moore and was a member of Wickline United Methodist Church. Over the years, he was a member of numerous car clubs, including Sports Car Club of America, Tri-City Cruisers and CC Riders. At the time of his death, he belonged to the Central Oklahoma Miata Club. Jim lived in Hugo until he was 15. He then moved to Guthrie and graduated from Guthrie High School in 1949. As a youth, Jim obtained the rank of Eagle Scout with Gold Palm. After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the Korean War for a little over a year. Upon his return to the states, he was stationed in Topeka, Kan., and pursued a career in civil service working for the government. While in Topeka, Jim met Lois Mathewson and they married Feb. 7, 1954. In late 1957, they were relocated to Mobile, Ala., where they lived until December 1961. They then moved to the Oklahoma City area, where Jim worked at Tinker Air Force base until retiring after 36 years of service. After retiring, Jim and Lois traveled across the United States while volunteering as safety workers with the Sports Car Club of America. They also began spending winters at Tropic Star Resort in south Texas, a tradition they continued for 27 winters. It was at Tropic Star that Jim took up stained glass crafting and eventually taught others the craft. He also received several ribbons for his wood carving skills. Most recently, he and Lois enjoyed activities at the Moore Senior Center. Jim is survived by his wife, Lois, of 61 years; a son, Ron and wife Anita; a daughter, Joyce and husband Kevin; granddaughters Rebecca (and friend, Aaron), Karen (and husband, Kyle) and stepgranddaughter, Nicole; and great-grandchildren Kylah, Michael, Kinsley and Kaydence. Funeral services were Monday May 11 at First United Methodist Church in Moore, under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore. Moore American, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Published on  May 11, 2015
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