Harry Franklin McDowell, 89, of Lehigh Acres, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014. He was born May 31, 1924, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of Geraldine (Timmeney) and Harry M. McDowell.
He was a member of the "Greatest Generation" and proudly defended freedom by serving his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
He obtained a college degree following his military service and then returned to government service as a printing and documents specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency.
He married Viora "Kitty" Kelly and was proud to be the father of two. In 1974, the family moved to Lehigh Acres from Silver Spring, Maryland. Sadly, in 2013, Kitty preceded him in death.
He was an energetic person who always gave generously of his time and talents to causes he cared about. Foremost among his concerns were the issues faced by the military and veterans.
He became an active member of the American Legion, always working to advance their mission of caring for the nation's protectors. He served as past commander of the American Legion for Lehigh Acres Post No. 323, past district commander of the American Legion for Florida District 13 and as past national vice commander.
He was also an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres.
He is survived by his son, Ron E. McDowell; daughter, Bonnie B. McClung; and several grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by his extended family, countless friends, scores of people he worked with at the American Legion and the many people who were fortunate to have met him.
A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the chapel at the Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, at 2701 Lee Blvd. Members of the American Legion will provide a memorial service with honors at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his honor to the American Legion Post No. 323, 1124 Ashlar Ave., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.
Those who wish to offer condolences to the family are urged to visit his memorial webpage at: www.andersonpatterson.com and sign the guestbook.