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Walter 'Walt' D McDowell

May 31, 1935 ~ February 18, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Walter ‘Walt’ D. McDowell, 88, passed peacefully on February 18, 2024 at Avon Oaks Caring Community after a long illness. He was born in Oliver #1, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1935, to the late James E. and Elsie S. (Grimes) McDowell and relocated to Amherst, Ohio in 1955.

Employed by the Ford Motor Company, Lorain, Ohio, in October 1958, Walter started on the assembly line and progressed to Material Handling Manager.  He served 4 years in Atlanta, GA at the Hartville Assembly (1986 - 1990) and retired from Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon, Ohio in 1995 after 37 years of service. 

He was a 65 year member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio (Black River Lodge #786 and the Amherst Stonington Lodge #503; the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio; and the recipient of the Cross of Honor for the Order of DeMolay.  He served 17 years on the Amherst City Zoning Board of Appeals and was a Trustee of the Amherst Public Library Board.   Walt also enjoyed a number of years of refereeing youth soccer.

Walt is survived by his wife, Audrey (nee: Fraley), of 69 years; 3 sons: Farley (Lynda) McDowell of Elyria; Rodney (Jolanda) McDowell of St. Henry; Mark McDowell (Patrice Haecker) of Amherst; 5 grandchildren: Jaimie (Brett) Martyn of Port Orchard, WA; Wesley (Sarah) McDowell of St. Henry; Jeremy (Jamie) McDowell of Decatur, IN; Tawnie (Jeremy) Murdock of Sarasota, FL; Caitlin McDowell (Scott Shaw) of Sarasota, FL; and 9 great grandchildren: Mia, Dimera, Dagny, Tristan, Arwen, Ever, Ben, Kate, and Kynlee; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents: James E. McDowell, Sr., and Elsie (Grimes) McDowell; 3 brothers, Lloyd, Pete, James, Jr., and 3 sisters, Wanda Miller, June Deck, and Judy Axler.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Avon Oaks and Cleveland Clinic Hospice for their kind and attentive care.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst, Ohio.  Please visit the funeral home's website to share a memory and sign the guest register, www.hempelfuneralhome.com.

A private memorial will be held in  Pennsylvania.

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