James A. McDowell

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Homer resident James A. McDowell died at his home on Sunday, March 11, 2001, of heart disease. He was 86. Memorial services will be held at a later date. His ashes will be inurned at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery, in Homer, also at a later date.

Mr. McDowell was born in Anacortes, Wash., on Jan. 12, 1914. He moved to Alaska in 1933 and lived in Moose Horn, Kenai, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Chugiak and Homer over the years. He worked as a merchant seaman, journalist, photographer, taxi driver and with the Chugiak Fire Department. His interests included politics, Alaska Native culture and history.

"Jim always had his dreams," his family said. "He was educated by the 'school of life.'"

Mr. McDowell was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Church; son, Bruce; parents, Clare and Jessie McDowell; and sister, Grace Carter. He is is survived by his sister, Isabel W. Stuber; brother, Clare "Bud" McDowell; niece, Linnie Griffin; nephews Jim Breece, David Nelson, Les Nelson and Charles Carter, all of Washington State; sister-in-law, Jane Church; niece, Carol Egner and her husband, Henry, and their children Jamie Egner, Kimberly and Nicholas Burns; nieces Nancy McNulty and Janet Minnich; nephew, Jim Church; and many great nieces and nephews, all of Ketchikan; and his "adopted" daughters, Barb Andon, Darlene Rich and Dorothea Adams, all of Fort Yukon.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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