Matthew D. McDowell
1980 - 2021
Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
1535 State Street
Quincy, IL

Matthew Dean 'Matt' McDowell, age 41, of Quincy, died Friday, September 3, 2021, at 11:10 am in his home.

Matt was born August 14, 1980 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Terry Dean and Evelyn Taute McDowell. He was a 1998 graduate of Quincy Senior High School.

In 2007 his son Cameron was born and Matt fought for his custody. Cameron was always an important part of his life. Matt worked at Walmart for 20 years. In March of 2019, he was able to realize his dream of owning his own sports card shop. Since then End Zone Collectables and Sports Cards has been his job, hobby and enjoyment. He made many friends as he traveled to card shows and traded with other collectors all over the country.

Matt was an avid bowler and also liked to throw darts. Sports were the big interest in his life and he started collecting cards when he was in the 2nd grade. It started with baseball, then moved to basketball, and in recent years it was more football. He was an avid Tom Brady fan, so therefore a big Patriots fan. When Brady moved to the Buccaneers, he became a Bucs fan. He was always involved in several fantasy leagues, and usually did well because of his knowledge of the players and teams.

Matt was a big, kindhearted man. He loved to tease and joke around. He was always there for his friends and family whether they needed help, a shoulder to cry on, moral support or a ride home. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his son, Cameron McDowell of Quincy, IL, his mother, Evelyn McDowell of Quincy, IL, half-brother, Louis (Teresa) Clark of Keokuk, IA, half-sister, Terri Kaye Helm of Quincy, four nephews, Andy (Kayla) Clark of Keokuk, IA, Brian (Sarah) Clark of Denver, CO, Tim McCarty of Keokuk, IA, Tyler McCarty of Belding, MI, two nieces, Whitney Morgan of Donnellson, IA, Evita Helm of Quincy, aunts and uncles, Robert (Cindy) Taute of Amarillo, TX, Susan (Bruce) Geltz of Argyle, IA, and cousins, Julie (Phil) Johnson of Keokuk, IA, Crystal (Joe) Payton of Keokuk, IA, Andrea (Johnny) Cochran of Humble, TX, Scott (Brittany) Taute of Amarillo, TX, Nicole (Rudy) Valdez of Amarillo, TX; and numerous other family members.

Matt was preceded in death by his father, Terry Dean McDowell, his maternal grandparents LeRoy and Anneliese Taute, his paternal grandparents Ernie and Betty McDowell, and two nephews, Tony McCarty and Ethan Morgan.

Services: 11:00 am Monday, September 20, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Rev. Martin Eden officiating. Please wear a mask if you plan to attend the service.

Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Please wear a mask if you plan to attend the visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to Cameron McDowell, to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or to Camp Callahan. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

Published by Herald-Whig on Sep. 14, 2021.
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Laura, Dylan and Piper
September 19, 2021
I met Matt a year ago and we became friends instantaneously. He was such a generous, funny, understanding (etc.)person. He will be greatly missed. Thinking of his family and friends...
Tara Hoebing
September 17, 2021
Matt was truly a kind soul and generous giver. One of the kindest gentle giants you could ever hope to meet. I will miss you my friend, sincerely. Until Valhalla.
Michael Baehr, Jr
September 16, 2021
Matt rest easy buddy you will be missed by many your were a great friend
Glen Oenning
September 16, 2021
Matthew was a loving father and caring son. I always looked forward to him, Cameron and Ev coming to visit us in KY. Matthew would go to card shows in our area and Cameron, Ev and I would hang out all day until Matthew would come back with all his "good deals". When I babysat Matthew as a baby when we lived on Oak Street in Quincy, he cried from colic pain, so I rocked him on my knees and rubbed his back until he fell asleep. As a toddler Matthew would want to be with Mark and Terry when the guys worked in our garage on cars. One time Matthew got hurt but St Mary´s hospital was nearby. There´s an emptiness now that my godson will no longer be coming to visit us. Fond memories will fill the void now I´m hoping, not only for me and my family but also for Ev, Cameron, and Matthew´s extended family. God is taking care of my godson now.
Donna Hummel
September 12, 2021
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