Jerry McDowell obit

Jerry McDowell

GOODFIELD – Jerry D. McDowell, 68, of Peoria, formerly of Goodfield, died peacefully and surrounded by family at 10:44 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe.

He was born June 30, 1949, in Peoria, the son of Clarence and Martha Hackney McDowell. He married Suzanne Thompson Mawyer. She died Aug. 18, 2015.

Survivors include one daughter, Hayley (Eric) Martin; two sons, Drew (Jocelyn) McDowell and Luke McDowell; two grandchildren, Emma Martin and Ainsley McDowell, and one brother, Jim (Judy) McDowell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Jerry attended Limestone Community High School, Bartonville, and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He worked for more than three decades as reporter and editor for the Pekin Times, Peoria Journal Star and Woodford County Journal in Eureka. Jerry was a loving father, avid about fishing and a big fan of music, particularly the Rolling Stones. The final year of his life included his beloved Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and the birth of his granddaughters.

Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka. Visitation will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.

Memorials may be made to the Dementia Society of America ( or to Foster Pet Outreach (


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