HANNA CITY - James Allen "Jim" Dowds, 76, of Hanna City died at 11:38 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born May 7, 1937, in Peoria, to Charles B. and Julia Ford Dowds. He married Etta Davis on June 3, 1956, in Peoria. She survives.
He also is survived by his three daughters, Dana Dowds of East Peoria, Tricia DeMoss of Peoria and Jamie (Barry) Simpson of Creve Coeur; two grandchildren, Josh Dunbar and Jessica Bridgman; and four great-grandchildren, Emilie and Cali Simpson, Laila Dunbar and Hayley Bridgman.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim retired from Sherex Chemical Company in Mapleton, where he spent 30 years in supervision and as the plant fire chief.
He enjoyed fishing and was a diehard Cardinals fan. He loved his cat, Max, and especially loved his granddaughter, Emilie.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Following Jim's wishes, there will be no service. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria is handling arrangements.
Donations may be made to a www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may be sent to the family.
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