Rev. David P. Dowdle
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Rev. David P. Dowdle, 65, passed away on April 18, 2019 at his home in St. John of the Cross Rectory. Fr. Dowdle will lie-in-state from 3pm until 8pm, with a prayer service beginning at 7:30pm, on Friday, April 26, 2019 at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 Wolf Rd., Western Springs, IL 60558. Visitation continues Saturday, April 27 from 10am until time of Mass, 11am at the church. Interment will be held privately at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. Fr. Dave requested no flowers, and that memorial donations be directed to the Sr. Anastasia Support-A-Student Fun, the Caritas SJC Needy Family Fund, the SJC Parish Outreach-Sharing Fund, or to the church or charity of your choosing. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside. For additional information and full obituary, please visit

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Apr. 20, 2019.
Lying in State
03:00 - 08:00 PM
Prayer Service
07:30 PM
10:00 - 11:00 AM
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May 19, 2019
Rest in Peace, Dave! One of the better memories of Niles College. You became a fine Priest!
Bill Gaudry, QPS-S '73
May 1, 2019
When Dave was at OLPH in Glenview, I remember him during a snow storm driving a pickup truck plowing the church parking lot. A wonderful person who always reached out to people with something good to say.
May you enjoy paradise in the company of God.
Tom & Ann Howe
Tom Howe
April 28, 2019
Father Dave,
So very sorry to learn of your passing. I wanted so much to visit you at your parish this summer, but now that never will be. You are a great priest, friend and special man of God.
We've known each other from days at St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn and I have so many fond memories of you, Father Cy, and Father were a great team leading your parishioners through so many Holy Days, Holidays, and most of all the Sacraments.
God grant you peace, Father Dave, you will always remain in my prayers and please, Father, if you should see my Jack in Heaven, bless him and help give him peace too.

With Deep Sorrow,
Pat Frazier
Plainfield, IL
Patricia Frazier
April 27, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the Dowdle and Gallagher families on the loss of Father Dave. Heaven has gained a new member of the choir. I fondly remember David Dowdle as a student in my first eighth grade class at St. Bernadine's School.
Dick Morrissey
April 27, 2019
Condolences to the Dowdle family.
I was baptized by Fr. Dave at our OLPH Easter Vigil in 1991. He was my inspiration and guiding light during my RCIA journey . . . he still is.

Ben Tchaou
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Ben & Barb Tchaou
April 26, 2019
Thank you Fr. Dave for your service to the people of God! Rest now in the warm embrace of the Holy and Life-giving Trinity.

John J. O'Grady
John J O'Grady
April 25, 2019
Dear Dowdle Family,
We were so sad to hear of Dave's illness and passing. Please accept our sympathy and know you are in our prayers.
Mike and Mary Massoth
Mary and Mike Massoth
April 25, 2019
Karen and I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Dowdle family. Father Dave was a great cousin and friend to my family, especially in providing much-needed comfort when we lost both of our parents in short order a few years ago.

We will miss you, Dave, but so grateful for the great memories we shared together.
Timothy Welch
April 25, 2019
Our family was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He will always have a special place in our hearts and in our memories. Please accept our sympathy for your loss.
April 25, 2019
April 25, 2019
April 23, 2019
Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Fr. Dave will be remembered at the Police Mass on Sunday, 28 APR, 11:00 a.m. at Mercy Home - 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: or 312/738-7588]
~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain
April 20, 2019
Prayers for the dowdle family. Sorry for your loss.
Dan Weller
April 20, 2019
Joan: Sorry to read about your brothers death - know your in our prayers.
Madelyn Bielawa
April 20, 2019
So sorry for your lost. I can t be there but prayers to you and family.
Louis Briick
April 20, 2019
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
April 20, 2019
Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Poetry Foundation
Grateful for Father David
April 20, 2019
May the bereaved family be comforted by looking forward to Jesus' promise of seeing your dear loved one again. John 6:40.
A. L.
April 20, 2019
I express my deepest condolences at this time of sorrow. I pray for your strength as each day passes. Continue to reflect on the memories that brought so much joy. Seek refuge in the God of all comfort and he will sustain you.


Birmingham, AL
April 20, 2019
Thoughts and prayers for the Dowdle family.
Barbara Crawford
April 20, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our families have know each other for years. Father Dave will be a great loss to his parish family as well as yours. God is now holding him in the palm of his hands.In this difficult time We pray for you Dave,Mary Ellen and the Dowdle family. God Bless You All. Dolores & Tom Gallagher
Dolores-Tom Gallagher
April 20, 2019
Dolores Gallagher
April 20, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the Dowdle family.
Tom and Chris Blecker
April 20, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in Psalms 29:11, knowing that in difficult times like this God gives peace and strength. DM
April 20, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Dowdle family. I know you all will miss Fr. Dave, I only met him the one time when you ALL come to Ft. Myers for your Dad's surprise birthday party, and he seemed like such a nice man. Know that he is in a better place and no longer ill or suffering. God Bless Fr. Dave and ALL of you, and may He hold you ALL in the palm of His hands. R.I.P. Fr. Dave.
Patty Clarke ~ (Heritage Cove)
April 20, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family and friends.May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.
Lynn B
April 20, 2019
Dear Family. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but Love leaves a memory no one steal.
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