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May 28, 2013

Charles Raymond McDowell

Charles Raymond McDowell of Danville died Friday. He was 90.

Born July 21, 1922, in Arcola, Ill., he was the son of Ernest and Elfreda (Ehlenbach) McDowell. He married Rosemary June Campbell on Feb. 1, 1947, in Chesterville, Ill. She died in 1995.

Mr. McDowell served in the U.S. Army Engineers (Company A, 1276th Combat Engineer Battalion) in World War II, building bridges during the Allied invasion of Germany. He worked 40 years as a conductor/brakeman on the New York/Penn Central/Conrail Railroad. He moved to Danville in 1962 when the railroad relocated its yard from Brightwood in Indianapolis to Avon.

His memberships included Danville United Methodist Church. Mr. McDowell also was an honorary Kentucky Colonel and Sagamore of the Wabash.

Survivors include his children, Dr. Ronald Ray McDowell and wife Lisa of Orlando, Richard Allen McDowell and wife Janis of Evansville, and Renda Kay Riggs and husband Roger of Danville; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services are 11 a.m. May 29 in Baker Funeral Home, Danville, where friends may call 5-8 p.m. May 28 and one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, North Salem.

Memorials may be made to the Danville United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent at BakerFuneralService.com.

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