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Jerry McDowell

June 30, 1949 — November 5, 2017

Peoria-Jerry D. McDowell, 68, of Peoria, formerly of Goodfield, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family, at 10:44 A.M., Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Heritage Health in Chillicothe.

He was born June 30, 1949 in Peoria to Clarence and Martha (Hackney) McDowell. He attended Limestone Community High School and the University of Illinois.

Surviving are his children, Hayley (Eric) Martin, Drew (Jocelyn) McDowell and Luke McDowell; two grandchildren and his brother, Jim (Judy) McDowell.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne, his parents, and his sister, Myra.

Jerry worked for more than three decades as reporter and editor for the Journal Star, Pekin Times and Woodford County Journal.

He was a loving father, an avid fisherman 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, Emma Martin and Ainsley McDowell.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 10, 2017 at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M., Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jerry's name to the Dementia Society of America ( or Foster Pet Outreach (

Online tributes and condolences may be made at


NOV 9. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
508 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530

Funeral service

NOV 10. 10:30 AM (CST)

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home
508 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530

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