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William E. Dowden, 86, of Columbus, died at 9:07 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
Mr. Dowden was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Cosco Inc. in 1988 after 35 years of service.
An outdoorsman, Mr. Dowden enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family. A sports enthusiast, he followed horse racing, the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Reds, IU basketball and NASCAR.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Marc Vance officiating. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday. Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Online condolences may be sent to Mr. Dowden's family at www.barkesweaverglick.com.
Born in Nineveh October 19, 1926, Mr. Dowden was the son of James and Mary Ann Fraker Dowden. He married Edna Mae Davidson November 8, 1947. She preceded him in death October 19, 1990. He later married Beulah "Boots" Hendershot. She preceded him in death July 27, 2009.
Survivors include his children, Connie (Bill) Miller of Columbus, Kenneth (Cathy) Dowden of Louisville, and Vickie (Hank) Mueller of Columbus; a sister, Doris Turner of Columbus; grandchildren, Gretchan (Tom) Hashimoto, Natosha Robinson, Christina (Sean) Bristol, Casey Dowden, Amy (Anthony) Smith, Kellen Phillips, Bryce Mueller, and Daylan Mueller; eight great-grandchildren; and stepchildren, Til Followell of Nashville, Bonnie (Curt) Carlson of Scipio, Bill (Nancy) Battin of Columbus, and Kim Yheulon of Columbus.
Mr. Dowden was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; brothers, Harold, Cecil, Edward, Arnold, and Russell Dowden; and a sister, Sylvia Baxter.