Gary Wayne McDowell

Gary Wayne McDowell, 56, Independence, MO passed away at home June 25, 2011.  Visitation will be held 5:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown, MO.  Funeral services will follow at 6:00 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.  A native of Independence, he was a member of Mt. Washington United Methodist Church, graduated from Van Horn High School in 1973 and the Electronics Institute in 1984.  Gary worked at Armco for 10 years and with SW Bell/AT&T for 26 years where he was a member of the CWA local union.  Gary was known for his tough guy exterior, and for his warm & tender heart of gold.  He was always willing to lend a hand to family & friends.  Gary will be remembered for his love of family, friends, neighbors, hunting, fishing, grilling & hanging out at Truman Lake.  He is preceded in death by: father, Stephen Edgar McDowell.  Gary is survived by: loving wife & soul mate, June Napier McDowell; best buddy & son, Trevor; son, Terry Pointer; daughter, Jennie Braden; mother, Elsie McDowell; sister, Beverly Forlow; brother & sister in law, Stephen Alan  & Mary Ann McDowell; seven grandchildren, and many other devoted friends & family.  Gary’s laughter & love for life touched everyone he met. (arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677)


  1. Greg, Joy and Troy Epperson on June 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Gary we are going to miss you so much !! We loved you like family !! But you were family !!! We will take good care of June, Trevor, Terry and Jennie !!!
    Love ya buddie !!!

  2. Judy Wooldridge Verkler on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  3. Paula Thorne on June 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm


    You and your family are in our prayers. My deepest sympathies to you and your son.

  4. Teri Casey on June 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    June, you had a wonderful life with Gary. And I am so sorry. He will be greatly missed. Loved his laugh, such a sweet man! My thoughts and prays are with June.

  5. Richard and Marjorie Kiloh Campbell on June 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this hour of need.
    Gary was truely a wonderful husband, father and person.
    We always looked forward to the wonderful pork roast he prepared on special occasion for the family gatherings and the joy he brought to those events

  6. Pam, Dennis Mangola and family on June 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Love, prayers and light goes out to Gary’s entire family.. What a loving, fun, cousin.. Gary, you will be missed by all..
    Feel our hugs~

  7. Cindy Doudrick on June 27, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Gary but I know June adored him and that he loved her children as his own. I’m saddened by Gary’s passing and please know that my prayers are with all of Gary’s family and friends. Sounds like he had many!

  8. Melinda on June 27, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss June…
    Love, hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  9. Joni and Craig Williams on June 27, 2011 at 1:54 am

    June, You are in our thoughts and prayers. So very, very sorry for your loss.

  10. Brian & Dianne Schendt on June 27, 2011 at 2:14 am

    June and Trevor, we are so terribly sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He truly was “one in a million”. Cherish the memories of the times you spent together. We are honored to have called him our friend and his passing will leave a great void in all of our lives. God Bless you all.

  11. Sheryl Jegen on June 27, 2011 at 2:17 am

    My heart is breaking for you and your family at this time of sorrow. While I did not know your husband, your family seemed so close. I pray that your memories will sustain during this difficult time. I will be praying for all of you for comfort.

    Sheryl and Matt Jegen

  12. Mary, Nick, Brianna and Meredith Corso on June 27, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Gary, we love you! We will miss you more than words can express! Things will never be the same without you! We will take good care of your loving family! LOVE YOU.

  13. Stoner Family on June 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Holding you in loving care during this time of loss. Daniel, Elizabeth and Dorothy Stoner

  14. Kenny Forlow on June 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Gary, my favorite uncle, I was pint and Michael was half pint, before he had his own kids, we were his spoiled brats and he never let us forget. In later years we were more distant but in times of need he was at are rescue. Thank you for all you have done for us. I know we will miss you dearly! Love Kenny

  15. Kim Taylor on June 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

    My heart goes out to your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I will pray for peace and healing for you all as you go through this.
    Best Wishes,
    Kim Taylor

  16. diana danzo roark on June 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    for June and Gary’s family. i never got the chance to meet Gary but had to be a great guy for June to love him as she does. i am so sorry for all of your losses and i will pray that God gives you the strength to get thru all of this, i know he gave you alot of friends to help.

  17. Tony Rustici on June 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    June, although I only got to meet Gary a few short times, he left a most incredible impression on me as to what a great man he must have been. I hope you will carry his spirit on through your wonderful children and grandchildren. Love to you and your entire family. Tony

  18. Sara Pruente Johnson on June 27, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Gary, you have been no less than a second father to me and Dad’s best friend. This is still unbelievable. My family will take care of yours, just like you have always taken care of us. I love you and will miss seeing you every time I pull into the driveway.

  19. andrea on June 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    ???? ? ?°°? ?-?love friends and fam r.i.p. Gary Mcdowell My sympathy June I love you all Andrea Jada Jenajo

  20. Kurt & Jana Kennard on June 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

    June and Family,
    We are so sad for your loss. You all will be in our hearts and prayers. Gary was loved by so many, and he will be missed and remembered by us every day.

  21. Dianne and Alan Harju on June 30, 2011 at 1:42 am

    June and family,
    We are so very sad to hear about Gary. We have so many fond memories of playing together as kids at Mama Maude and Papa’s house in Jasper, at Pruitt, etc. I’m so glad we did the reunion again last summer so we could all be together. We will miss him so much but will treasure the memory of his great smile.
    With love to you, Trevor and all,
    Dianne, Alan, Megan and Gabe Harju

  22. Jim Wilkinson and Family on June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Gary was a one of a kind person, he was real and these days that’s something to say, I will never forget the Trans-Am and my ride back from Russellville to Jasper just he and I, I thought we were doing a hundred miles an hour in that cool car, I’m sure we were doing a little bit over the speed limit he was a good safe driver, to a kid like me it seemed a lot faster, it’s one of my childhood memories that have stuck with me for so long. Gary we will miss you so much and I am so glad I got to see you last year and meet your wife, June we will be praying for you and your son.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our family as well.

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