Marvin D. McDowell, 80, of Basehor, Kansas, formerly of Brumley, MO., passed away on Saturday July 28, 2012 at home, surrounded by his wife, children and their spouses, and grandchildren.
Marvin D. McDowell, 80, of Basehor, Kansas, formerly of Brumley, MO., passed away on Saturday July 28, 2012 at home, surrounded by his wife, children and their spouses, and grandchildren. Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at the First Baptist Church of Basehor, 1410 North 155th Street, Basehor, KS., with burial to follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday July 30, at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St. Bonner Springs, KS.
Marvin was born on October 20, 1931 in Brumley, MO. Marvin served in the United States Army from 1 February 1950 until 1 June 1970, retiring at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. After his military service he opened and operated the McDowell Boarding Kennels and ran that business until January 2012. He also had a passion for training and running hunting dogs in competition in field trials. He did this for 42 years winning over 50 championships, including the United States Invitational Shooting Dog Championship (twice), the All-America Shooting Dog Championship (eight times), and the Sunflower Shooting Dog Championship (eight times). On July 14, 2007, he was inducted into the Inaugural Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame. One of his champion dogs, Therapy, was also inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame at the same time. He is credited with seven championships and five runner-up championships. Marvin was a member of The First Baptist Church, Basehor, and was a lifetime member of the Basehor VFW Post No. 11499. Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel McDowell, sister, Nadine Luttrell and brothers, Gerald McDowell, Jewell McDowell and Charles McDowell and one grandson, Aaron Joshua McDowell. He is survived by his wife, Betty of 58 years, one daughter, Janet Brockert (husband, Jim), Leavenworth, KS., two sons, Mike (daughter-in-law, Kim), Linwood, KS., and Tim (daughter-in-law, Donna), Bonner Springs, KS. He also had great enjoyment from his six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1410 N. 155th Street, Basehor, KS 66007 or to Kansas City Hospice, 10100 w. 87th Street, Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66212.