Robert E. Dowman

July 15, 1935 ‒ August 19, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Robert E. Dowman, 84, of Galion passed away unexpectedly, Monday August 19, 2019 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Born July 15, 1935 in Port Orchard, Washington, he was the son of Henry Dowman and Amelia Minerva (McMullen) Dowman. He married Mary Ann (Cornett) on December 18, 1976 and she survives.

Bob moved to Galion in 2018 to be closer to family coming from Lawton, Oklahoma and prior to that lived in Freeport, Ill. where he retired as a machinist from Sauer Sunstrand in Freeport and previously worked for the former Twin Disc in Rockford, Ill. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and collected sports cards and coins.  He was a bit of a handy man and a perfectionist and once he set his mind to something you could be assured it would be done correctly. Bob was also a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Ruben (Debra) Dowman of Cedarville, Ill, Ronald (Debbie) Dowman of Galion and Elaine (Michael) Wales of Russellville, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, Ashley (Zach) Zimmerman, Shawn Dowman, Erica Buchanan, Tabitha (Scott) Graves, Christopher Dowman, Christopher Wise, Robert (Alyssa) Wales, Athina (Jacob) Moore, Justin Wales and Alyssa Wales; seven great grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Howard and a sister, Phyllis

In addition to his parents and stepfather, Arthur DeCorsey he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy and two sisters, Kay and Eunice.

The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Bob Dowman, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • So sorry for your loss. Uncle Bob was and will remain in my heart and memory as a good man. Words ring hollow when voids are left in ones heart, but know that God Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always beside us. Take care and as always rely on God at all times. Your Nephew, Craig

  • I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to meet Robert. His wit and humor provided countless moments of laughter and thoughtfulness. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob,

    We had our differences when you first came into my life and I was a teenager. But over the years we ended up respecting each other , but you stepped up and became a great Dad in my life ( I just hope I was a good adopted Son also) Biggest problem I ended up having with you after that is You were a Packer Fan! Sorry you could not change me or my younger Brother! We had some interesting football game memories! Just glad the Bears got better lately! We talked in confidence a few times and most was never repeated. You loved my Mother and did everything you could to make her happy that you could and I as a Son could not ask for anymore! Over the past 40 plus years we share so many memories and now that is all I have left. I am sorry I could not be there when you left to be with the Lord and past loved ones. Deb made chili tonight and just like you I added butter on my crackers! You got me doing that many years ago! I could go on and on but I am going to end this now and just say,

    Thank you for the memories! Love and Hugs!


  • My condolences to you an your family our Heart goes out to you all. With hugs and love
    The Eisen’s