On Wednesday, September 30, 2020 John J. Dowie, Jr. passed away at the age of 95.
John was born in New Orleans on March 4, 1925 to John Joseph Dowie and Jeannette Busch Dowie, both of New Orleans. Two years later he was joined by his brother and lifelong friend, Robert Dowie. John served in the Navy during World War II and married the late Adele Guidroz Dowie in 1950. They raised three children together: Beth Dowie, Laurie Dowie Belmonte (Oneal) and David Dowie (Janet Seligson-Dowie, MD). John was a proud Poppa to his grandsons Neal Belmonte (Greta) and Jared Belmonte (Samantha). He had three great-grandchildren, Caroline, Allison and Wesley, who never failed to bring a smile to his face. John worked for the U.S. Post Office and retired as a U.S. Customs Inspector in 1985.
Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, music and dancing. Following the death of his wife John could often be found at the Jefferson Orleans or pursuing new adventures with his faithful and loving companion, the late Lelia DuValle.
John was known as a loyal husband, father, and friend who was always willing to lend a hand, share a joke and whistle a favorite tune. He consistently strived to give more than he received, never wanted to be a burden to anyone and never considered himself old.
His family gratefully acknowledges the loving care provided by the dedicated employees at both Sunrise of Metairie and Compassus New Orleans. They were a constant blessing to John as well as his family.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Monday, October 5, 2020 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans. Visitation will be followed immediately by a service in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel with interment at Lake Lawn Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name to your charity of choice are encouraged.
ARRANGEMENTS BY JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME 3827 CANAL ST NEW ORLEANS, LA 70119. Condolences may be left at www.schoenfh.com.
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