Walter John ‘Obie’ Dowling
Walter John "Obie" Dowling of Waukesha found peace Saturday,
Dec. 4, 2010, at the age of 83.
He was the loving husband of Elaine (nee Fischer) Dowling for 45 years;
best dad ever of Ruth (Al) Geiger and Bonnie (Kevin) Conroy; loving
grandpa of Joel (Sarah) Harris, Anna Conroy and Shannon Conroy;
great-grandpa of Alyssa Harris, Sydney Harris and Alexander Harris; son of
the late Meta (nee Martin) Olwell; and brother of the late Dennis Olwell,
Kathy Volkmar and Judy (Al) Goss.
Obie was a longtime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha,
where he ushered for many years. He was a machinist at Hein Werner Corp.
for 37 years.
Obie played baseball in the Land o’ Lakes league and also enjoyed
bowling and golf. As a young man, Obie worked as a bartender with family
members at Glen’s Tap and the Rocky Knoll. As an adult, Obie enjoyed
spending his spare time entertaining/serving customers at Totem Bowl and
Fox View Lanes.
Obie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Antietam
as a tail gunner.
He was an active member of VFW Post 721 in Waukesha for many years. He
enjoyed honoring his fellow veterans with monthly visits to the VA
hospital. He, along with other members of the VFW Past Commanders Club,
took pizza and soda to patients at the spinal cord unit. He also raised
money for The Salvation Army by ringing bells each year for their
His great sense of humor and mischievous grin will be missed by all who
knew him, especially Curly and Mouse.
The family would like to thank the extraordinary staff at River Hills West
Health Care Facility for their compassion and for their true commitment to
making each resident feel like a member of the River Hills family.
Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, at St.
Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, with a VFW service at
noon followed by a memorial service with the Rev. Gary Liedtke
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to be made to the
Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s associations.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family.
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