Robert Charlie Dowlin

Robert Charlie Dowlin “Bob” / “Digger” was born July 3, 1936, to Norma Faye Wright and John Gouldin Dowlin and passed from this life on September 1, 2018, at the age of 82. Bob married Patricia Ann McKain on August 14, 1966. Two children were born to this union, Monty Lee and Judy Renee.
Bob was born and grew up in the Barnard area before moving to Glasco when he was in the fourth grade. He lived four miles north of town and rode his horse to school each day. The horse would get bored and go home, only to come back to school to pick him up each afternoon. Bob enjoyed playing football during high school but had to be home each day in time to do his chores. It is rumored there are still wooden geometric shapes being used in Glasco High School math classes, one of which bears an inscription of “Bob ’54.” (Defacing school property?)
Following high school, Bob worked in plumbing and fuel transportation before joining King Construction of Hesston in 1957. He ran the largest crane King owned and built many bridges all over the state of Kansas. In 1970, Bob and Patricia bought the Lott & Stine Hardware Store on Main Street and set up permanent residence in Glasco. While owning the hardware store and following its closing in 1977, Digger was self-employed in heating, cooling, plumbing, trenching, and excavating until his retirement in 2015.
Over the years, Bob enjoyed flying radio-controlled aircraft and bowling in various leagues. During deer season, Digger could be seen driving around the countryside in his blue Hello Kitty Suzuki Samurai. After retiring and moving from the farm just north of Glasco, the iconic IBEBOB license plate from his work van remained in the family and now resides on the motorhome. He loved camping with friends and spending the winters in Arizona. Bob was a volunteer for Glasco Rural Fire District #2 and served on the board for Rural Water District #3.
Bob is survived by his wife Patricia of the home, son Monty Dowlin of Cheney KS, daughter Judy (Chris) Cowger of Liberty MO, grandchildren Christopher Hale of Liberty MO, Gerad Hale of Topeka KS, and Claire Cowger of Liberty MO, sister Mildred Heiman of Glasco KS, mother-in-law Lois McKain of Salina KS, sister-in-law Irene (Marlin) Amspacker of Kechi KS, and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents John and Norma Dowlin, brother Howard Dowlin, and father-in-law Rex McKain.
A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at the Catholic Parish Hall in Glasco on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1PM -4PM. Memorials may be given to the Glasco Rural Fire Department or the Glasco Alumni Continuing Education.


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