Joe Bruce McDowell Sr. was born in Woodward, Oklahoma on March 8, 1936 to Charles Osa and Dora Marie (Smith) McDowell. Joe attending Woodward school in Woodward, Oklahoma In 1953 Joe met Mary Ellen Loucks and later they were united in marriage in 1955 in Buffalo, Oklahoma by Rev Samuel Washburn at the First Christian Church. To this union the 5 children were born: Joe Bruce Jr., Leslie Glen, Osa Kyle, Vickey Jean, and Barbara Ellen.
Joe and Mary moved to Edmond, Oklahoma in 1968 Joe was a union carpenter in Oklahoma City with the local union #329. Joe had several jobs: Electrical Power Plant in Mooreland where he served as foreman, GM Auto plant in Oklahoma City, Purina Dog Food plant in Oklahoma City. Joe helped build the Murrah Building working for a construction company in Oklahoma City, and the pillars are still standing today.
Joe and Mary moved to Fort Supply, Oklahoma in 1991 where they operated the convenient store, The McDowell Short Stop where Joe made knives. Joe loved the outdoors, he enjoyed taking several fishing trips, with his family and grandkids.
Joe was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Dora McDowell, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.
Joe is survived by his wife Mary; three son’s Joe Bruce Jr. & wife Pam of May, Oklahoma; Leslie Glen and wife Patty of Ava, Missouri, Osa Kyle and wife Susan of Fort Supply, Oklahoma, two daughter’s Vickey Jean and husband Norman Wachtel of Houston, Texas and Barbara Ellen and husband JC Appleton of Buffalo, Oklahoma, 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Joe passed away at the Harper County Community Hospital on December 18, 2010, at the age of 74. Joe will be greatly missed by family and friends.