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Robert Lee Dowling

August 21, 1944 — January 28, 2020

Robert "Bob" Lee Dowling, 75, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 with his family by his side, after a strong fight with cancer.
Bob was born to Mildred and Orval Dowling Monday, August 21, 1944 in Randolph, Nebraska. Bob, to all those that knew him, was a hardworking man who always had a story to tell and a connection to share.
Bob married the love of his life, Ruth, on July 22, 1962 and had four children. He also cherished his therapy dog, Sophie, who never wanted to leave his side.
He was a man of many talents including building homes, carpentry and fixing cars, although he was best known for his skills in fixing any kind of small engine. He owned and operated Central Oil & Tire in Plainview, NE for many years. In his early retirement after selling Central Oil & Tire, he started a small business called Dakota Small Engine & Repair that he maintained until recently. He truly knew small engines like the back of his hand.
Some of the best memories Bob shared before his passing included riding his motorcycle through the Black Hills, Big Horn Mountains and Bear Tooth Pass. He spent many miles on his bike living life with his beautiful bride by his side.
In heaven, he will be joining his son, Ryan Dowling; mother, Mildred Dowling; father, Orval Dowling and brother, William Dowling.
Robert is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Tammy (Jim) Zautke, Sherry Dowling and Kelly Behnke; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Christ the King Lutheran Church, Yankton

305 W 25th St, Yankton, SD 57078

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