James L. Dowell

James L. Dowell

James L. Dowell, age 88 of North Branch, was born on January 24, 1924 in Kansas City, Kansas, to parents, Virgil and Clara (Henderson) Dowell.

This man was born to fly, serve his country and travel the world.

He served in both the Navy and Air Force fighting in World War II and the Korean War.

Upon returning from the war in 1945 he married Connie FitzGerald of Oakland, California.

He was the loving father of two children always inspiring us with his many stories.

In later years he met the love of his life Jean Kingrey of North Branch.

They had 13 wonderful years together and brought two families together as one.

We are heartbroken by the loss of this one-of-a-kind man.  We will honor him by remembering his incredible love for family and friends.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Clara.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Kingrey; daughter, Karen (Doug) Hankins of Cody, Wyo.; son, Jeffrey Dowell of Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Kelly (Scott) Holliman of Bothell, Wash., and Kristin (Dan) Hankins-Pulick of Manhattan, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Christopher and Lauren Hollimen.  He is also survived by Jean’s daughters, Coleen (Tim) Nornes of Apple Valley and Connie (Jim) Anderson of Woodbury.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:45 p.m. at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.

Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.

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