Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Viola United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Viola Cemetery, with graveside military rites by the U.S. Navy and Mercer County VFW Post 1571. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. Memorials may be left for the Alzheimer's Association.
Raymond Dean Dowsett was born April 1, 1932, in Matherville, a son of Willard and Alma Maynard Dowsett. He earned his Bachelors of Science in general engineering from the University of Illinois, with honors. He married Nancy Lawson on June 26, 1954, in Viola. She preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2003.
Raymond actively served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958. He joined the Navy Reserves and retired from there as a lieutenant commander. Serving on a battleship and troop carriers, he loved the Navy and seeing the world.
Mr. Dowsett worked as an engineer for Honeywell Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 1988. Ray enjoyed golf, woodworking, landscaping and spending time with his grandchildren. He loved being outdoors and combined his passion for golf and landscaping to create a five-hole golf course on his land.
Survivors include his sons, Dale (Beth) Dowsett, McHenry, and Dean (Cherie) Dowsett, Slinger, Wis.; four grandchildren, Rebecca, Justin, Lee and William; and siblings, Jack Dowsett, Viola, and Bonnie Dowsett, Minneapolis, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents and dear wife.
Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com.
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