LIBERTY, Ind. - Allan G. Dowler, 77, of Liberty, Ind., died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Allan was born in Continental on Oct. 9, 1935 to Leroy and Kathryn Goddard Dowler and was a 1956 graduate of Continental High School. On Oct. 6, 1956, he was married in Kalida to the former Mary Elizabeth Plescher.
Allan retired in 1999 from Southside River Rail in Cincinnati. He previously had built and managed fertilizer manufacturing plants for Mid-Ohio Farm Service in Mt. Sterling, and Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals in Liberty, Ind. Allan had also been employed at Liberty Mills, Tekon Farm Service in Tekonsha, Mich. and Central State Seed and its predecessor, Lima Seed Company in Lima. Allan was an avid race car driver for many years racing dirt tracks in northern Ohio. He enjoyed boating on the weekends with his family, traveling and watching his grandchildren play sports.
Allan is survived by his wife of 56 years; his children and their spouses: Deborah Ann Dowler Bickford and Jerry of Elizabethtown, Ky., Carl L. Dowler and Melissa of Oxford, Denise Marie Dowler Fritz and Fred of Cincinnati; his grandchildren: Allan Philip Dowler, Ashley Cecilia Dowler and Lillian Jane Fritz; his brother, Gary Dowler and his wife, Josie of Vera Beach, Fla.; nieces and nephews: Nick Kessler, Rosalie Miller, Valerie Heitzman, Beth Kaufman, Jill Youngpeter, Kara Zimmerly, Erin Tiell and Lisa Langhals.
In addition to his parents, Allan was preceded in death in death by his sister, Carol Dowler Kessler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Adopt A Dog Fund in Liberty. For additional information or to send condolences or memories go to www.ShowalterBlackwellLong.com.