Phil Dowling, 45, of Akron, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at a Sioux City hospital.
Philip Lee Dowling was born Oct. 3, 1961, in Akron, the son of Hugh and LaVerne (Anderson) Dowling. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron. He attended school in Akron and graduated from Akron High School in 1980. Phil was a very loyal employee to many, including for the Akron-Westfield School district where he was a bus driver. He also worked at Central Catering in Hawarden for more than 12 years. For the past 13 years, he worked for Well's Dairy, Inc., in Le Mars.
He married Deborah Brown in 1994 in Sioux City. He and Deborah were foster parents to many children.
Phil was a great friend to many in the Akron area. While in high school, he was active in wrestling and football. He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler, mowing his yard, and collecting clocks and movies. He also enjoyed playing the bass guitar, cooking, and weightlifting. He was good at imitating the voices of many celebrities, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of his greatest joys was watching the Green Bay Packers. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his siblings: Ruth Bultman and her husband Dennis of Hawarden, Harold Dowling and his wife Carole of Ramsey, Minn., Rev. Richard Dowling and his wife Paula of Jefferson, Wis., Ramona Liston and her husband Dan of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and June Dowling of Le Mars; three uncles: Henry Anderson of Sioux City, Milton Anderson and his wife Mary of Akron, and Stanley Anderson and his wife Janet of Akron; two aunts: Martha Mae Anderson of Akron and Shirley Smith of American Canyon, Calif.; several nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins, and special friends, including Randy Utesch and his wife Julie of Akron, Mike and Kathy Rollins of Akron, Sam Waterbury of Akron, Debbie Dowling of Phoenix, Ariz., and her son, Norm Brown, and her grandchildren; and many other friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Robert Dowling.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron. The Rev. Jean Morse will officiate. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Friday with the family present after 6 p.m., and a Prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. The Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron is in charge of arrangements.
Casketbearers will be Matt Dowling, Sam Waterbury, Randy Waterbury, Randy Utesch, Andy Britt, Lane Hemmelman, Mike Rollins, and Marvin Black.
Honorary casketbearers will be Jeff Bultman, Jim Dowling, Tony Liston, Pat Wolf, Chris Krause, Tom Budden, Tyler Utesch, Jeff Utesch, Randall Waterbury, and Alex Waterbury.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.