Joseph L. Dowdell
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Dayton, OH
Joseph L. Dowdell

Joseph L. Dowdell, 86, two-term mayor and longtime resident of Yellow Springs, OH, passed away on October 6 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn Kelley Dowdell.

Born in Auburn and raised in Auburn and Warren, OH, Joe was the oldest son of Vanderbilt and Millie P. Dowdell. Joe attended Warren G. Harding High School, where he excelled in academics. He went on to earn a BS in Mathematics from Miami University (Ohio) and an MS in Systems Engineering from MIT. Over a nearly 40-year career in computer science and technology, Joe rose through the ranks of the Air Force Civilian Service to become Technical Director, 88th Communications Group, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. He retired from Wright-Patterson in 1997.

Joe is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Jacqueline Dowdell; brothers, James (Juanita), Millikin (Cheryl), and Samuel Dowdell; and sister, Vancenia Rutherford. He is deeply missed by his family, friends, and community. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yellow Springs Senior Center, 227 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387 (
Published by The Opelika-Auburn News on Oct. 17, 2021.
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I worked for Joe several years in the digital computing section at the ASD computer center at Wright Patt. He was hands down the best boss I ever had. Sorry to hear about his passing.
Sharon Howard
October 18, 2021
He was one of a kind.
Paul Graham
October 17, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Please find comfort in the words found at 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17.
October 14, 2021
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. We were your parents neighbors on Randall Rd. for a little over 15 years. We so enjoyed their warmth and the way they welcomed us into the neighborhood. We invited them to every party we had and they were a blast. So sorry for your loss. Your dad spoke with such pride about you both.
David Heckler & Connie O'Brien
October 14, 2021
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