Robert R. McDowell
September 18, 1933 - April 24, 2012
Robert R. McDowell passed away April 24, 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the age of 79. He was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Phoenix, Ariz.
After graduating from high school he immediately joined the U.S. Air Force. He served his country proudly as a crew chief for the bombers and jets of his squadron in the Korean War, as well as in Japan.
He worked for many years for Motorola in Scottsdale and later held many jobs in and around the Phoenix area as a maintenance supervisor for apartments.
Mr. McDowell loved rock hunting and rock collecting and was involved with the Payson Rimstones Rock Club. He served as vice president and in other capacities throughout his years in Payson.
He also was a member of the Rim Country Archaeology Society.
Mr. McDowell also loved working as a volunteer at Glen Canyon National Park Recreation Area in Page, Ariz.
He loved the outdoors and spent many vacations with his family camping, hiking, rock collecting, four wheeling and fishing.
Mr. McDowell is survived by his wife, Audrey McDowell of Payson; a sister, Betty Negri of Phoenix; his daughter, Cindy (Colton) Claxton of Marchfield, Mo.; son, Mark (Jane) McDowell of Grand Junction, Colo.; stepdaughter, Diane (Ed) Malley of Bakersfield, Calif.; stepsons, Mathew (Cynthia) Cole of Bakersfield, Calif. and Bill (Tanna) Cole of Page, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.
His second wife, Carolyn McDowell; his sister, Margaret McFarland; three brothers, William, Oren and Wayne McDowell; and two grandchildren, Jamie Risenhoover and Joshua McDowell, preceded him in death.
Mr. McDowell was a member of Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 18 with the Rev. Javier Olivares Jr. officiating. Services are pending for burial at Prescott Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
“Many thanks to our extended family and friends for your support, to the doctors and nurses who gave Bob such good care at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn and a special thanks to Cyndi and Ed Heinecke for all their support many times these past years. Bob will be sorely missed by many family and friends,” his family writes.