Dennis Gerard Dowling, 65, of Richland, Michigan

Dennis Gerard Dowling, 65, of Richland, Michigan, formerly of Wayne, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born December 15, 1955 in Ypsilanti, the son of Dennis J. and Madge E. (Adkins) Dowling.

Dennis retired from the submarine division of the U.S. Navy, which was celebrated on the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston, MA. He retired at the age of 40 from the U.S. Navy. Dennis then went on to receive his Masters Degree to prepare for a career in hazardous waste management.

Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching his favorite California band, The Fulcos. He was a devout Catholic and a 4th degree Knights of Columbus.

Dennis was the life of the party. He had a great smile and always made a friend wherever he went. The most important part of Dennis’ life though was his two daughters, whom he was very proud of and loved very much.

Dennis is survived by his daughters, Colby Dowling and Baily Dowling; siblings, Mary (Brad) Stark, Tim (Donna) Dowling, Margaret (Randy) von Steinen, Jim (Carla) Dowling, and Jane Dowling; half-brother Robert Adkins; uncle, James K. Dowling; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Madison and cousin Derrick Dowling.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2022 at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Loogootee, Indiana.

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Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee is honored to serve the family of Dennis Gerard Dowling.