Howard L. McDowell, 89, of Independence, Mo., passed away, Sunday, August 22, 2010, at his residence. 

Howard L. McDowell, 89, of Independence, Mo., passed away, Sunday, August 22, 2010, at his residence.  

The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Mound Grove Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 28, 2010, at Village Heights Community of Christ 1009 Farview Dr. Independence, Mo. 64056.

Howard was born July 20, 1921, in New Hamburg, Pa. to Clyde L. and Stella E. (Homer) McDowell. He had worked as a farmer, bus contractor, and crane operator for Mercer Alloys in Pennsylvania until the early 1980s when he and his wife moved to Independence, Mo.  He was a long time member of the RLDS church and was an Elder and Pastor in New Hamburg, Pa., and Sharon, Pa., and had attended S. Crysler Restoration Branch and Village Heights Community of Christ.  

He was married to Elizabeth (McCune) on April 23, 1948; she preceded him in death in May 2004.  

Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Johnson, and husband Dennis of Lake Winnebago: Mo.; two sons, Rodney McDowell, and Robert McDowell and his wife Helen, all of Independence; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Ethan McDowell.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com

Arrangements: Carson-Speaks Chapel, 816-252-7900.