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Jack McDowell

Jack McDowell, age 83, of New Rockford, ND, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Wesley John “Jack” McDowell was born September 14, 1928, at New Rockford to Fred and Cora (Zimmerman) McDowell. He graduated from New Rockford Central High School in 1947. After graduation, he worked with his father at Central Supply Co. in New Rockford, and farmed in Rosefield Township on the farm that had belonged to his grandfather, Sam McDowell.

On July 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to Metta Olson in New Rockford, and to this union, four children were born. After their marriage, they moved to their farm in Rosefield Township. Jack retired from farming in 1990. In April 2008, Jack entered Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd where he resided until his death.

Jack was a member of First Lutheran Church and served on various church boards. He was a member of the board of directors of Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd for 15 years. Jack served on the Rosefield Township board for many years. He enjoyed wood working and when each of his children had their first child, he made them an oak cradle.

Jack is survived by his wife, Metta; 1 son, Kenneth (Amy) McDowell, Monroe, WA; 3 daughters, Patricia (Ralph) Kettel, Minot, ND, Barbara (Jeff) Wahl, Devils Lake, ND, Jacqueline (Rodney) Thompson, Wyndmere, ND; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 sisters-in-law, and 1 brother-in-law.

FUNERAL SERVICE: First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND

DATE AND TIME: Friday, February 3, 2012 at 2:00PM

BURIAL: Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

Posted Condolences:



Name: Kathy Fraase

Date: 2-12-12

Message: Barb and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts.
Kathy Fraase


Name: Tina Zieman

Date: 2-6-2012

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. May God give you the strength to get through. It was a great pleasure getting to know not only Jack, but the whole family. God bless you all. Tina Zieman


Name: Deb (Thompson) Bush

Date: February 3, 2012

Message: Barb and Family:
Sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. Our families grew up together at all the neighborhood card parties and at school. We all had each other growing up. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your Mom. Take care. Deb (Thompson) Bush



Date: 02/03/12

Message: WOW I can't believe how many of our classmates loss parent/s in the last couple of years. When mom was in the nursing home, I remember talking to Meta and Jack watching the bird feeder and other things. I also have so many childhood memories church & school & birthday parties that Kenny had to come to with all of the girls. Please remember those fun and unique times.
Thoughts & Prayers to the Family (ALL OF YOU) JoAnn Watson


Name: Wayne Thompson

Date: 2/2/12

Message: I am sorry to hear of Jack passing away. I usually have asked my Mother how he was doing when we spoke. This age thing has been getting very personal lately. Metta,Patty, Ken, Barb, Jackie; my condolences: Jack was a quiet man with a wry wit and a talent with wood. He had to have been a great Father; he had wonderful children. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tough time. Wayne


Name: Jacolyn Wishart Fleurry

Date: 2/2/2012

Message: Jackie,
Just wanted to let your family know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

Jacolyn, Dave and Anthony Fleury


Name: Medical Arts X-ray Dept

Date: 2/2/12

Message: Patty and family,

We are all thinking of you and wish we could attend the funeral, but it looks like work is going to prevent that from happening. Work always seems to interfere in our plans. We will all be here for you when you get back. Give your mom a big hug from all of us.


Name: Randy Laber

Date: 2/2/2012

Message: Sorry to hear about your loss. God bless your family. Kenny, there are a lot of our class mates that lost family members this last year or so. Only means we are getting older. Take care guy, my condolences to you.


Name: Faith Trudeau

Date: 2-1-2011

Message: Mette, Kenny, & the rest of the family:
My heart aches with all of you at the loss of Jack. I will always treasure the memories of such a quiet gentle man. Coming out to the farm with Kenny as we went through high school. Then later in life when I helped Mom (Dorothy) with the finish work on the new addition to your home. Jack was a pleasant man to be around. He could always put a smile on my face & in my heart.

Love, prayers & hugs classmates 4ever

Faith Trudeau


Name: Conni Dungan-Fugleberg

Date: 2-1-2012

Message: I am so sorry for your loss.
Jack had a special place in my heart when I worked at the Home.
I loved the way his face would light up when Meta would come into the room.
God Bless you all! I know the pain you are feeling now, let family and friends comfort you!
Conni Dungan-Fugleberg


Name: Timothy Wishart

Date: 1/31/2012

Message: Sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed the time we had taking care of Jack and visiting with the family.
Tim and Marissa Wishart


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