Dowdell David M. Dowdell, age 67, of Columbus, OH. Surrounded by his loving family and friends, along with his faithful dogs, Jake and Winnie, David M. Dowdell passed on to heaven at 8:40 p.m. on March 2, 2016 after a courageous 3 year battle with renal cell cancer. Mr. Dowdell is survived in death by his wife of 46 years, Beverly; three children, Susan (Matthew) Johnson, Christopher (Kristin) Dowdell and Jonathan (Amy) Dowdell. Mr. Dowdell also leaves behind six grandchildren, Brett (Kendra) Barrowman, Justin Barrowman, Jordan Dowdell, Allyson Johnson, Emma Johnson and Erica Hilton; along with three great-grandchildren, Bradley, Connor and Taylor Anne Barrowman; brother, Terry L. Dowdell; and two loving and faithful dogs, Jake and Winnie. Born in nearby Dayton to parents George A Dowdell and Marcia A (Blakely) Dowdell, the family moved to Columbus while he was a young child. David was a 1966 graduate of DeSales High School. After high school he volunteered to serve in the military. David was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving his country overseas from 1967-1968, where he earned several medals including becoming a Purple Heart recipient. After returning home he attended Ohio State University. He then worked for The Consolidated Rail Company as a police officer before moving on to become an Ohio State University police officer, where he became Officer of the Year in 1984. After retirement, David spent many years owning and running a Bed and Breakfast with his wife Beverly before the two of them moved to Vermont to escape city life. As the cancer returned the two of them returned to Columbus to be with family and friends. David was very strong in his faith for all of his life and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. In David's memory, contributions and donations can be made to Honor Flight Columbus: www.honorflightcolumbus.org Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Wednesday, March 9 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter's Church, 6899 Smoky Road, Columbus, OH on Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Nick Ventura, celebrant.