Marley McDowall, 76, Mandan, died unexpectedly on September 8, 2015 at Sanford Health, Bismarck, from complications following surgery.
A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday, September 11, 2015 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverend Lee Herberg officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Marley was born August 18, 1939 in Carson, ND to Thomas and Wilma (Werner) McDowall. Raised and educated in Carson, he graduated from Carson High School in 1957. He attended Dickinson State College. He met Jan Lundstrom, and they were married on November 20, 1960 in Flasher, ND. On November 30, 1960 Marley enlisted in the US Army, serving three years and earning the Expert Rifleman badge. He was honorably discharged. Marley returned home to his family in ND and continued his education at Dickinson State College. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Education Administration in 1973 from Montana State University. He became the principal and superintendent at Wing School. His family moved to Mandan in 1975 where he was an elementary principal until his retirement in 1995. Marley was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tending to his lawn and garden. He was a talented woodworker, making furniture for his family. Marley and Jan enjoyed dancing. His family was always first and foremost in his life. He liked to keep busy and was always willing to help. Following his retirement he loved spending the winters in Nevada. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and former colleague and principal to countless teachers and students, Marley will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 54 years, Jan McDowall, Mandan; one daughter, Sherri (Dean) Woehl, Mandan; two sons, Jeff (Jayne) McDowall, Mandan and Russ (Bobbi) McDowall, Bismarck; five grandchildren, Lance Forsythe, Max, Taylor, Maison, and Morgan McDowall; one great grandchild, Calloway Forsythe; two sisters, Wilma (Louis) Helfrich, Morris, MN and Dawn (Pat) Miller, Clarksville, PA; two brothers, Tom (Hazel) McDowall, Belfry, MT and Lyle (Sally) McDowall, Hiltons, VA; two sister-in-laws, Peggy Schafer and Debbie (Terry) Mildenberger, both of Mandan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marley was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Daryl; and two sisters, Bonnie and Judy.