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Donald McDowell - November 23, 2012

Donald E. McDowell, 69 years of age from Minden, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Donald was born near Woodston, Kan., to Arthur and Mary (Paulsen) McDowell on April 30, 1943.
He grew up in the Woodston-Stockton, Kan., area and graduated from Woodston High School in 1961.
On Dec. 10, 1966, he married Regina Blackburn in Phillipsburg, Kan.
They farmed north of Smith Center, Kan., and then moved to Franklin and in 1979 moved to a farm near Axtell. In 1993 they moved to Minden. Donald had farmed near Axtell and later worked at Pioneer Village.
He was a member of New Life Assembly Church in Kearney.
He enjoyed woodworking, yard work and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Regina, of Minden; daughters, Shawna Lockhorn and husband, Brent, and Shara Schurmann and husband, Ryan, all of Minden; grandchildren, Dawson and Jadyn Lockhorn, and Bailee and Cole Schurmann; brothers, J.R. McDowell and wife, Cindy, and Robert McDowell, all of Stockton, Kan.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald; sister, Nancy; and niece, Becky.
Celebration of life services will be Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at the New Life Assembly Church in Kearney with the Revs. Roger Wendt and Bob Wine officiating.
Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery. There will be no visitation.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home of Minden is in charge of arrangements.